Defining marriage is not only a social and moral issue, but many governmental actions have also made it a significant legal and financial issue. One of the basic tenants of this county is the protection of minorities. The civil rights of gays must be made the same as other citizens— Equal under the Law.
P.S. Ideally the term “marriage’ should be broadened to include gay couples. However as an alternative the term “ Civil Union” could be used by all to define legal domestic partnerships, and “marriage” would be reserved for social contracts issued by religions and/or civil courts, thereby furthering the separation of church and state.