Thus far, the arguments for prohibiting the marriage of same-gender couples have all lacked a fundamental premise...Demonstrable harm to the indivduals involved or to society. By failing to prove demostrable harm, the opponents of same-gender marriage have no reason to prohibit such unions beyond their own prejudices. Also, the arguments against same-gender marriage are rooted in the same fallacious arguments used to perpetuate the anti-miscegenation laws of the Jim Crowe era. Such arguments are no more valid now than they were then. Of course, you have those who argue that gays do have the right to marry...someone of the opposite gender. Outside of those cultures which encourage arranged marriages, we do not force individuals to marry someone not of their choosing. But some would prefer the hypocrisy of a sham marriage to open, honest and loving relationships between same-gender couples. My wife and I voted against Issue 1 in Ohio because it is unjust, it is discriminatory and it does adversely impact the lives of so many others. It was a piece of legislation motivated, not by concern for the society as a whole, but by the fear and bigotry of a few.