We will make a value judgment. The benefits accrue to society as a whole, whether you are in a same-sex relationship or not. It's true that religion has traditionally played a role in sanctifying marriages. Will the rhetoric of rights, freedoms and individual choice carry the day for same-sex marriage in the rest of the world? Indeed, if it weren't for the idea that marriage is sacred, it seems unlikely that ongoing debate would be as rancorous as it is.
We like to compare unfavourably the insularity of conservatives with our superior cosmopolitanism.
Opposition to equal civil rights for gays comes in many forms. Opponents of gay marriage appear willing to do anything at all to reverse it. The slippery slope that they ought to be worried about is the one symbolized by those dreadful social media memes I referred to earlier: Therefore same-sex marriage is good!
Hodges is so transparently motivated by his agreement with those who desire marriage equality rather than legal principle, that some supporters have found it slightly embarrassing.