Originally Posted by Direckshun
That's not the issue of gay marriage. Gay people already have the right to marry just like straight people can, as patteeu would no doubt tell you. They just aren't allowed to marry someone of their gender, at least by federal law and the laws of most states. That's where unequal treatment comes in.
The issue of gay marriage is that gay people should be protected, federally or otherwise, to marry people of their gender.
That's no different than interracial marriage, which is not a civil liberties argument (since black people could marry other black people, back when this was an issue), but a civil rights argument.
Wrong again, dumbbell.
Why This is a Civil Liberties Issue?
Under the Fourteenth Amendment, the government may not "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Laws against same-sex marriage blatantly violate the spirit of this amendment. What's more, these laws are most often explicitly written to "protect the sanctity of marriage." If the government is in the business of protecting sanctity with this kind of legislation, then in what way is it not "[making] law respecting an establishment of religion," an activity expressly prohibited under the First Amendment?