Just finished commenting in another forum on this topic. Many participants were highly exercised and wildly misinformed in some instances. Here is my view which I believe is shared by many people in flyover country. Gays are no more special in our society than anyone else and should not be elevated beyond that. American society has been tolerant of gays for a very long time and still is; few rational people are carrying any guilt around with them on this. In contrast it is the policy of many governments, past and present, in the world to confine and even execute gays. Marriage in our society and across the globe is the formalization of a relationship in support of child rearing. If it makes gays feel better about themselves to be married, fine. But neither side of that arguement has any right to impose their viewpoint on any one, any group, or upon society as a whole.