The people arguing most strongly (against equal rights for gay couples) are doing so because of religious reasons. But guess what? We have separation of church and state for a reason. And it's because not everyone has the same religious or spiritual beliefs, and should be allowed the same freedom of religion as those who think the law of the land should be equivalent to the doctrines of one faith/sect/denomination - and an extreme version of them at that. You can't pick & choose which verses/sections (of a religious text) you use to back up your arguments on this issue, and ignore the verses about things you don't like (say, stoning your wife or selling your daughter into slavery, or requiring women to marry their rapists, or touching pigskin, or eating shellfish). Because then, all you're saying is "These 6 verses are the Word of God and must be followed...but not these other verses. Those are antiquated and/or open to interpretation & we have to remember the context. But these 6 are supreme & absolute, and therefore gay marriage = wrong!!!" It doesn't work that way. (Unless you start your own religious sect and rewrite the book with what you believe or don't. And Christ had this thing called "Love," as in "Love your neighbor as yourself," etc, not "LGBT people are an affront to nature & you should hate & discriminate against them!" Unless I missed that verse somewhere...) Also - marriage is not solely a religious ceremony. It's a secular one as well, and sometimes it is solely a secular one. It's still a marriage, and should be recognized as such, with equal (equitable) treatment under the law.