This is mostly me thinking aloud.
1. Society’s institutions were mostly created by heterosexuals for heterosexuals.
2. Many of these institutions can only deal with relationships that are formalised with the state by means of marriage.
3. This causes all kinds of problems for same-sex couples who are denied access to marriage.
4. There are two obvious solutions: allow same-sex couple access to marriage, or change the institutions so that they can deal with relationships that aren’t formalised by marriage.
5. Changing the institutions of society, while desirable, is a huge, radical change unlikely to win widespread support. Even if this change could be brought about, it would take a great deal of time and same-sex couples would continue to suffer while the status quo lasted.
6. Allowing same-sex couples access to marriage is a relatively minor adjustment, and enjoys far more popular support.
7. Allowing same-sex couples access to marriage doesn’t rule out the possibility of changing the institutions of society in the future.
8. Therefore, allowing same-sex couples access to marriage is desirable.
- New M. V. Lee Badgett paper: Will Providing Marriage Rights to Same-Sex Couples Undermine Heterosexual Marriage?
- South Africa To Recognize Same Sex Marriage
- When men are insecure about masculinity, they support war and oppose same-sex marriage
- Same-Sex Marriage does so effect Het Marriage
- Why do they oppose gay marriage?