When the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in Congress in 1996, the vote was bi-partisan and overwhelming. In the House, the tally was 342-67. Only the farthest left of Democrats and a handful of Republicans voted against it. A majority of Democrats supported marriage. In the Senate, the vote was even more lopsided and bi-partisan, 85-14. Again, most Democrats backed marriage. In both houses of Congress, the DOMA passed with such strong margins that President Clinton could clearly see the measure had better than "veto strength." That is, if he had vetoed the Defense of Marriage Act, Congress could have...
Sorry, I guess I didn't quite get what you meant. Anyway, it's hard to sum up, but... A traditional marriage can produce children. It is indisputably the best environment for them to be raised. Absent that, though, it is a joining of opposite halves whose very difficulty demands character growth in the participants. In comparison, a relationship with someone of the same gender demands far less (often not even faithfulness) and has far less benefit.
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