after you review the 14th Admendment link, dig a little deeper and look at the Dred Scott Case, where the Supreme Court ruled:
"[Granting the rights of citizenship to blacks] would give to persons of the negro race, ... the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, ... the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went." Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), 417, 450-451 (describing the ostensibly horrible results of granting blacks citizenship for purposes of filing suit for their freedom). [From Wikipedia.com]
The US government has, throughout it's history, discriminated against people for all types of reasons (with slavery, it was mostly property rights of the owner). THIS DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT. The "sanctity of marriage" admendments that have recently been passed ARE NOT RIGHT. They are a thinly veiled way of discriminating against a minority of our population.
Gay marriage DOES NOT threaten any heterosexual who is married, or wants to be married. What it does do is give homosexual people the same rights and privileges afforded any other member of our society. Period.
What the christians/republicans/religious right don't seem to realize is that if we granted homosexual marriage, gay people would be bound by the same laws of marriage heterosexuals are bound by. Marriage is a CONTRACT between two people, with certain penalties if that contract is violated. This is a civil issue, not a religious issue. The government has a responsibility to meet the needs of ALL citizens, not just the members of a particular political party.
I have news for the christians/republicans/religious right. Homosexuals are not going to stop having relationships or being homosexuals any more than a black man is going to change the color of his skin.
Take a look into the Dred Scott case, and how this case of discrimination led to the start of the Civil War.
I hope that's not what it takes to grant gays the rights they are born with.....
Well, at least ENGLAND is finally getting it right! I wonder how many more generations we'll have to go through before we allow civil unions.
Hooray for Elton John! :)