I am procrastinating anyway. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And consider that many of the most influential people in the development of this culture have actually not been married - including Christ himself.
But he also knew he would probably be writing off the South. And the legislation should reflect and follow those social norms. The prevalence of HIV is a subtext of the same-sex marriage debate, whether or not we think it belongs there.
I am not confident that it has.
There are far bigger issues in the world than whether two people of the same gender wish to say they are married, hold hands or jump in bed together. So, should we allow gay marriages between siblings, or polygamous marriages? Now you're just two people living together.