The proponents of homosexual marriage are doing their level best to frame this discussion as between religious bigots and "enlightened" citizens. What they are desperately trying to avoid discussing is the fact that this proposal is another misguided attempt at social engineering.
Redefining the institution of marriage to satisfy the whims of a vocal minority is imprudent and likely to be fraught with unintended consequences.
One only has to look at recent examples of social engineering experiments to become skeptical as to the wisdom of this course.
These include wide-ranging sex outside of marriage, with an accompanying explosion in sexually transmitted diseases and teenaged parents, and broad experimentation with mind-altering drugs and associated societal costs of addiction and dysfunction.
Since the proponents don't want you thinking about potential unintended consequences, they take the route of demonizing those who oppose redefining marriage as religious freaks intent on imposing a Christian "sharia" on society.
It seems to me that homosexual marriage supporters are the ones doing the "imposing." The traditional definition of marriage has served society well for thousands of years.
Thinking we are smart enough to blithely change that definition in the face of these many, many years of experience is simply ludicrous.
David Shuford, Richland