Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear arguments in four consolidated cases about whether it is legal for states to ban same-sex marriages, or refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The cases will have a total of 2.5 hours of arguments. This still seems pretty long to me, since I can sum up the arguments in 2.5 minutes:
Pro-marriage-equality: Same-sex marriage bans are wrong because marriage is the primary way government conveys an enormous number of legal benefits and protections to the two people involved, and to any children they have. Our country was founded on ideas of equality. Also the right to the pursuit of happiness, which marriage certainly falls under. And the 14th amendment promises equal protection under the law to all people.
Anti-marriage-equality: Gay sex is icky. God thinks it’s really icky. Straight people accidentally have too many babies. Why two drunk teenagers in the back of a van should have more legal rights than two responsible adults in a medical office or adoption agency, we can’t exactly explain, except we know gay sex is even ickier than unmarried teenage sex. Also we stopped reading amendments after number 2, the one protecting our guns.