Close icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. However, thus far conservatives have failed to explain how or why treating gays like fully equal citizens and human beings is incompatible with anyone's religious liberty. Same-sex marriage, some would and did argue, was nothing less than a suicide pact for humanity. Legal arguments on behalf of gay marriage tend to get more attention because it should be a matter of basic civil and equal rights. Fliboard icon A stylized letter F. Opponents of gay marriage appear to recognize this. They have relied upon social science claims that, merely by altering the definition of marriage, such a change cannot help but alter its basic character.
That understanding had been so well established that, init would be entirely unremarkable that the Supreme Court would conclude that a gay couple's challenge to a traditional marriage law did not even raise "a substantial federal question.
Ensuring that gay relationships are stable and receive support will benefit the stability of society overall. Same-sex marriage, some would and did argue, was nothing less than a suicide pact for humanity. Why would they want to bother?
Married couples are thus much better off than unmarried couples.