I do NOT agree with gay marriage - it is an institution between a man and a woman.
HOWEVER - I think that the issue which originally ignited this issue was the RIGHTS which marriage allows people ...
In My Opinion those rights need to be based on JUSTICE and not JUST US!
IMMEDIATE FAMILY - is a household member acknowledged as family - let's face it - a piece of paper (marriage certificate) does not bind the affection and emotions of two people.
If someone is exclusive with another - they should be granted label of COMMON LAW COUPLE (not husband and wife) without the formality of marriage.
I also believe that a man and woman can be husband and wife without the legality of a piece of paper.
The paper is worthless - it only allows the government to make money getting into it and the lawyer money to get out of its government obligation.