This will probably only affect those gay/lesbian people who have managed to reconcile with the Catholic church and Christianity and wish for the religion to repeal its stance against gay marriage. For those of you who couldn’t give two shakes, about equal marriage rights or Christianity, more ammo for when the topic inevitably comes up couldn’t hurt.
So correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t allowing homosexual couples to marry be better for Christianity? Many are leaving the church because of persecution by the Catholic leadership (we say religious, but really it’s just one religion). This leadership so consistently states that the reason they struggle to accept us is because of our “promiscuous natures”. The truth is that our natures are no more promiscuous than anybody’s, not even heterosexuals. But heterosexuals are saved from accusations by the church because they are able to do it as often as they like once in wedlock. It is a noted fact that before the sexual revolution, God-fearing couples would engage in sodomy before they were married because it didn’t count as sex per se. So therefore, homosexual men in particular aren’t actually doing anything heterosexual people weren’t in terms of sexual activity before marriage. So if the Catholic Church wishes gay people to be less promiscuous, wouldn’t this be achieved by allowing us to marry and then our sex lives would be acceptable under biblical terms (Leviticus aside)? The Catholic Church can’t have its cake and eat it too: either you let us marry so we can lead normal sex lives, or stop complaining when we pursue normal sex lives outside of marriage.