Austin Cline, a former regional director for the Council for Secular Humanism, writes and lectures extensively about atheism and agnosticism. These include many moral and religious reasons that point to a threat to the sacred institution of marriage. It may include children or be the couple on their own. And there are associated deleterious impacts of being denied this opportunity. Many choose to marvel at the discovery that it only mentions men and women marrying, then sagely conclude that gays can't possibly marry. This is why they are so determined to enact federal laws, and perhaps even constitutional amendmentsto prevent gay marriage from having the same status as heterosexual marriage, even though it is legal.
Many choose to marvel at the discovery that it only mentions men and women marrying, then sagely conclude that gays can't possibly marry.
Almost every opponent to gay marriage tends to rely on the belief that marriage is essentially and necessarily a religious rite. Legal arguments on behalf of gay marriage tend to get more attention because it should be a matter of basic civil and equal rights. This is because both parents can handle decision-making and parenting without worry. There are, of course, the legal, property, and financial benefits of being married.
The Christian Right would deny same-sex couples the ability to adopt or raise children, but that's an impossible goal.