Why can't two consenting adults of the same gender get married?
Because it's wrong.
Why is it wrong?
It just is. A marriage is a sacred thing between one woman and one man.
According to everyone.
You mean everyone who is against gay marriage.
It's in the bible.
Ah. So this is a biblical thing?
Why not? The bible says that marriage is between one woman and one man.
It also says that the purpose of marriage is to procreate.
Right, and gay couples can't do that naturally.
Lots of hetero couples can't do that naturally, either. Do their marriages still count?
Ummmm...just because. Sometimes couples can't have kids.
But if the bible dictates that the purpose for marriage is to procreate, and that reason doesn't come to fruition, then it seems to me -- speaking in strictly biblical terms -- that that marriage should be null and void.
That's just stupid.
Why? Because if the only reason same sex couples can't marry is because the bible says so, but the bible also says that marriage is for the purpose of having kids, you can't logically have it both ways.
I don't like you.
The real issue, of course, is and always has been the separation of church and state when it comes to marriage. The state dances around this all the time, but discriminating against same-sex couples baffles me. It makes no sense to me: not ethically, not logically, not legally.
Of course the case and the above dialogue are hyperbolic, but come on.
Either opponents need to admit that their reasoning for not condoning same-sex marriages is based in religion...
- which means they have to admit that they're asking the state and church to be interdependent
- which also means that non-procreating hetero couples have no biblical ground to stand on if they are unable or unwilling to conceive, and their state-recognized marriage should be legally void for the same reasons it was legally recognized
...or admit that their real reasoning for not wanting same-sex marriage is because it just makes them uncomfortable.