America will never lead the world in rights and freedoms when we try and deny rights to our own individual Americans. While many frame this issue outside of human rights, when you're treating or proposing to treat a class of Americans differently (homosexual, heterosexual, women, old folks, white, black, youth,,,), make no mistake this is about rights. In America We ALL enjoy liberties and rights under the law.
This issue of rights based on sexual preference seems to break over age with older 'boomers' being less likely to support 'rights for all' while Gen-Xers (20-30s), regardless of party affiliation, more likely to support SSMs (same sex marriages). They say that's because boomers still carry baggage from their parents. Still my folks have been married a long time (as long as I am old!) and they are outraged that any group would take it upon themselves to try and legislate a ban on SSM.They don't see the distinction between a race, a religion or a sex bigot.
Given today's divorce rate, touting the 'sanctity of marriage' is a joke. How could gays do any worse? And the institute of marriage could probably use the business with less and less of us Gen-X and Y's getting married.
Still I don't suppose they care about rights and liberties afterall they have their prejudices and self-righteousness to preserve and attempt to enact through our laws. But let's call it for what it is: Wrong, evil, appalling, anti-American, gay bashing and just plain prejudice.