WHICH traditions, jmg? We understand well, the value of GOOD traditions. The value of traditions like EQUALITY, that have benefited ALL citizens. We DON'T value discriminatory traditions, that are harmful, dehumanizing and have resulted in terrible harm to responsible and law abiding citizens.
No tradition should punish people who are otherwise responsible, self reliant and pay taxes and contribute to the general welfare.
No tradition should be maintained that has done this for a long time.
The tradition of marriage IS essentially to enable a committed couple to take custody and responsibility for each other and what children they have. Gay people ARE involved in that tradition.
You dishonor the tradition of equality under the law.