Marriage in the US

There’s a lot of debate going on in the US right now about granting gay marriage the same privileges as same-sex couples.  My question is: why is it even an issue?  When was marriage defined so that it excluded gay couples from the benefits enjoyed by same-sex couples?  Just because their marriages weren’t necessarily recognized by a church?

The argument that gay marriage erodes marriage for everyone else is just absurd.  If two people love each other then who’s to stand in their way if they wish to get married?  Who cares if they are both men or both women?  I don’t see how two people loving each other in New York can have any affect on the ability of two other people in California, or anywhere else, to love each other.  If this country was founded on equality for all then why do we have so many restrictions on who we can be with?

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