Your state has my prayers.
Its probably going to be legal in NZL by May. The select committee reported back to our parliament yesterday, and of the 21,000 odd submissions they recieved about the "marriage equality" bill, only 8,000 were opposed, and apparently only 2,000 of them were considered "unique".
But you know what's gotten us to this point? Contraception and fornication.
Contraception has removed from sex the procreative aspect. When society can accept John and Jane's intentionally sterile relationship, then it really isn't that hard to accept Bruce and Barry's inherently sterile relationship.The problem here then, is what is marriage? When you remove the procreative aspect, you're left with the unititive, which roughly equates to "love" in this fluffy Hallmark day and age. Therefore, if marriage is only about love, then Bruce and Barry have no problem philosophically, getting married. Just like Jane and Steve and Barry and Herb and Annie can all get married, becuase they "love" each other, and after all, isn't that what matters? Love? [/sarcasm]
Contraception allowed people to fornicate en masse, it meant people, especially women, could focus on education and career and put off marriage till later in life - now I'm not saying education and career progression for women is a bad thing, but it is if a woman is fornicating up a storm. She's enjoying the benefits of something meant only for marriage, and without the security net offered by marriage.
Of course, the contraception mentality has lead to abortion, but that's another rant.
Now, studies have come out, and are starting to become more public, that the mroe sexual partners a woman has the more likely her marriage is to end in divorce, I saw a stat that said 67% increase risked of divorce for women who'd fornicated. And it didn't even matter if it had been with only one guy, who she went onto marry.
Marriages between two virgins, a divorce rate of less than one percent. Marriages where contraception is involved, also have significantly higher rates of divorce. Marriages where NFP is employed, have a risk of 2 - 4% China, of all places, have done studies where one village was allowed to use NFP and another village could use other methods of artificial contraception. The village that used the NFP, lower rates of divorce, lower rates of pregnancy - they actually allow NFP as a "contraceptive" method in China. In China!!
So who's destorying marriage? Its not really individuals, its a mindset, laid deep in society's psyche from the debauched sins that took place decades ago.
"Gay marriage" is just another weed grown from the seeds of the "sexual revolution".