A: We don't trust the American people. Half of them vote Republican, vast numbers believe in the Bible, even many Democrats are not as enlightened as we are, and most Americans do not have our compassion for gays.
Q: Doesn't it smack of hubris for four people to coerce millions of people into redefining the single most important human institution?
A: When you are more enlightened and more compassionate than others, you recognize the limitations of democracy, and you make the world better in any way you can.
Q: You consider yourselves more enlightened and more compassionate than all the wise men and women in history, than all the religions of the world, than the Bible?
A: No question about it. We went to law school, and we have compassion for gays.
Q: If your decision remains the law of your state, as little girls begin seeing women married to women in the media and in life, when they think about marriage, they will consider marrying a woman, not only a man. Does that trouble you?
A: Even if it did, we would still have compassion for gays.
Q: Are you saying, then, that you would be just as happy if young children see two women or two men kissing as you would if they saw a man and a woman kissing? That you don't care if your own children marry someone of the same sex? That you would be just as happy at your child's wedding, if your son married a man or if your daughter married a woman?
A: No, we would not say those things. But we have compassion for gays.
Q: So, because of compassion for gays, you are prepared to subvert democracy, destroy the family unit as civilization has always defined it, cause children to begin to imagine marrying a person of their own sex, and declare that mothers have nothing distinctive to give to a child that two men cannot give and vice versa?
A: Now you know how important compassion is to us liberals.
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