I’ve been thinking about this same-sex marriage issue for a while now. It seems to me that there is this idea floating out there among posts promoting same-sex marriage that the title “Marriage” is all that stands between these couples and true happiness, and that I personally am among those preventing their personal happiness. I wonder about that. What is it about the change in title that leads people to believe true happiness will result?
I guess my deeper question is, first, are gay communities deeply unhappy? What causes happiness? Are there fundamental, universal laws that dictate when happiness can be felt? Or does it really boil down to a perceived deficiency in the gay community that they feel will be remedied by formal acceptance of their lifestyle as demonstrated by inclusion in the term “marriage?”
Words mean things. What is it that is so valuable to the gay community that they feel the need to abrogate marriage?