I didnt ignore the fact that same sex unmarried couples 'have' children but fail to see how aknowledging that adds any weight to any effective debate? It isn't automatically wrong to discriminate per se. Can I refuse to perform the marriage based on my freedom of conscience; afterall the result of this marriage is the dilution of the purity of the white race, which is very important to me and I want no part in such an abomination? There are much more important issues that need to be dealt with. Rights are not the same as marriage. They should exercise leadership, not follow opinion.
It is, or is intended as, a life-long union between two people who exemplify the biological duality of the human race, with the openness to welcoming children into the world.
Same-Sex "Marriage" Is Not a Civil Right
Dull is the only conclusion I can make. It is such an obvious thing to state. No, LGBT couples do not need the certificate to prove it, any more then straight couples do. The promotion and legal recognition of homosexual unions is not in the interest of the common good. It didn't and in some backwaters still hasn't. Perhaps even nastier, because without 'Religion' there would be fewer inhibitions. Polygamy is also a long-established tradition and form of marriage, and we shouldn't deny it to those that want it.
Marriage clearly isn't for everyone, whether they are gay or straight. Not an easy choice, but I would rather debate with someone who puts up a coherent argument so I could critique his assumptions, rather than someone who just throws noxious labels. The passing of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage has triggered a round of Australian advocates announcing that it is now "our turn". Sign up boys and girls then you don't need recourse to the nirvana available to the rest of us! You're conflating two different things there - and particular argument from the debate, and who can participate in the debate. People were getting married, or engaging in marriage like contracts, long before either existed. The antidiscrimination principle is appealed to not in order to show that some married couples have previously been denied the recognition of their marriage.