But I've decided that my inner cynic needs to STFU and cope. The gay rights movement is comparatively young (at least in terms of public exposure), and I think it is ultimately naive to hope for a radical shift in public opinion after only a few decades, especially in a country as predominantly uncomfortable about sex and sexuality as the United States (sorry, but it's true).
Looking closely at the voter results for the three "ban gay marriage" propositions shows that a huge majority of 18-24s opposed them. I don't see a good reason for these young people to change their minds when they do grow into the majority age bracket. Change will come. It didn't come this year, and it might not come in 2012, and maybe not even in 2016. But it'll come. America did, after all, vote for change yesterday.
Can somebody please summarise, preferably in simple terms, the yes-on-Prop-8 (and others) crowd's answer to the following question:
In "protect traditional marriage", what, exactly is "traditional marriage" being protected from?
Christian rhetoric is not an acceptable answer because hi, separation of church and state. I'm genuinely struggling to understand where millions of people are seeing threat. What is threatened? Is there money involved? Benefits? Taxes? What real, actual things do Mr and Mrs Jones lose (or could potentially lose) if Mr Pie and Mr Baker are allowed to become Mr and Mr Pie-Baker?