“I’m not a bigot,” many people are saying these days, as the same-sex marriage debate reverberates nationwide. “Please don’t label me like that. I just don’t want others changing the nature of my marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Call the gay connection something else, but don’t meddle with the most important role in my life.”
Can we take this sentiment at face value? Can a person truly make this statement without there being any homophobia below the surface?
Advocates of same-sex marriage respond by saying: Isn’t marriage all about love and commitment between two people? Isn’t the desire to achieve personal and public recognition for their commitment actually enhancing the institution, not degrading it?