Originally Posted by patteeu
This isn't really a case of discrimination against people because of their sexual preference. It's discrimination on the basis of elective activity (marrying someone of the same sex), which distinguishes it from racial discrimination.
From an ethical standpoint, I see that. But I don't think this is a purely ethical argument. (I do think racists and homophobes are engaging in unethical behavior but that's NOT why I think it should be illegal to discriminate).
I think certain aspects of society need to be protected, by rule of law. In order for society to work at all, we NEED to avoid violence, cheating, and tyranny of the majority. Without laws making these practices illegal, you no longer have a BASE with which you can have a free society.