For the life of me I do not understand the fight about gay marriage Marriage is a civil right. (and responsibility) The churches have no authority to marry anyone save that authority vested in them by the state". The churches need not perform or recognize any marriage whatsoever. The Catholics certainly have many requirements in meeting their desires which have no validity in law. That is their right but they may not foist their preferences on us all. The bias against gay marriage is purely religious in nature as is the (for lack of a better word) hatred of gays. Allowing gays to marry in no way diminishes, or elevates, my marriage. This is a total non issue in the sense of it being detrimental to straights. It means a lot in the legal and economic sense to those who cannot marry That being said it will be the civil rights issue of this century. Ever so slowly the churches are losing their grip as the general population begins to see the bigotry of it all. Can't happen too soon.