Marriage has for millennia meant the union of a man and a woman. The same-sex advocates have made same-sex marriage a battleground–not the LDS church. Why should the proof of something be on those who advocate the position that has been successful for the entirety of mankind’s existence on earth? Homosexual advocates should prove–and so far they haven’t–that homosexual marriage is not detrimental to society.
The worst thing to do, for the homosexual, or for those who associate with him or her, is to fixate on the issue. Sexuality is only one part of life. One shouldn’t, for example, associate primarily with groups of people for whom their sexuality is their defining issue. Sexuality should be kept private. The affirmation of one’s sexuality in public shows disrespect to those who wish it to be kept private. Those who feel the temptations of homosexuality should attempt to focus on the broader picture, i.e. that the purpose of life is for each of us to strive to become like God.
It is wrong to belittle someone who either has homosexual inclinations or behavior. Parents have a difficult time in several areas showing love to their children when they feel like their children have acted out against them. Homosexuality is one of the most difficult areas in this regard. Nonetheless, just as we should love our child even though they do anything else wrong, we should love them if they choose to be homosexual.
FindLaw details the benefits that accrue to marriage partners. I don’t see any reason why the government couldn’t dictate that individuals could identify other persons as their beneficiaries of such benefits, but I find it strange that someone would want to call that marriage. It seems that the real attempt is to further cheapen the institution of marriage.
Government’s responsibility is to establish behavioral norms. Some of those norms are not enforceable, such as going into someone’s bedroom to see what their sexual behavior is. Yet these laws exist so that such behavior absolutely cannot be practiced in public.