aunty_jack saidSuprise, surprise, surprise, are you really. You guys really need to move away from the word marriage, it's a heterosexual instertution, with founding roots in religion... You guys really do need to move away from the word marriage, if you want to see advancement, in many ways it's the gay activists who want move away from it, are the ones holding you all back.
I couldn't possibly disagree with you more. Progress on civil rights doesn't come by conceding to discrimination. It comes from demanding equal treatment and fighting for it.
Virginia vs. Loving. Rosa Parks. Lawrence vs. Texas.
Secondly, marriage is not an "instertution" (institution, perhaps?) rooted in religion. If you want to go way back, it's an institution rooted primarily in protecting family wealth. It's also rooted in the traditional gender roles that brought division of labor to running a household (i.e. man goes to work and earns money while woman stays home and takes care of the kids).
These roles no longer apply in large part today, and that's what makes the traditional man/woman definition of marriage irrelevant in this debate.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declared in 14 separate rulings that marriage is a right, not a privilege that can be granted or denied by state law or the whims of voters. And if marriage is a right it's a right being denied to gay people, just like it was being denied to mixed race couples until 1967.
People who say gays should be satisfied with something less than full recognition of marriage are the ones who are really holding back progress.