There's no such thing as a gay rights issue. We are endowed with rights by the constitution. Exactly what in our constitution do straight people get that gay people don't get? I know people think gay marriage is a right because of half of a sentence in a case concerning the criminalization of interracial marriage, but, quite simply, it's not. Marriage is a civil right...meaning the government should have nothing to do with it. And to a big extent, they don't. The legal benefits that married couples receive are based on the social and economic implications of men and women who live with each other, sleep in the same bed, and have kids. You need a home, you need transportation. You need more money to provide for your family. And it's mostly up to chance. Some same-sex couples have children, and thus, have the same need for more of their money. But this is almost always deliberate, and this is never the cause of homosexual unions. So the economic impetus isn't there to endow same-sex couples with the same benefits heterosexual couples receive, because they don't function the same way. For tax purposes, anyone can file as having dependents, so there's no disparity in the moral compunction the government has in allowing parents to take care of their kids. But seriously, what gay rights issue is there? People throw that word around, and I think they don't know what it means, or they use it too liberally to describe what they want, and not what they're promised by the Constitution.