It is difficult to ignore that the Same Sex community wanted the 'semantics' of 'Marriage' more than their claim of 'wanting to be with the one they love'.
The argument of wanting the same 'benefits' of 'married people' could just as well been done under 'Civil Union' or 'Domestic Partnership', which I believe is a fair compromise. But that wasn't enough. They had to have the word 'marriage' as the readily acceptable and without distinction.
'Benefits' could have been obtained with the similar energy it took to advance 'Same Sex Marriage', but the acceptance as 'normal' was the objective and little to do with 'love for someone'. Elegiblility to 'marriage' makes it 'normal' to be attracted to someone of the 'same sex' as it puts them on the same footing as hetero-sexuals.
This 'to me' is ironic because it is the same people who are advocates of 'Science' who are shaking their fist at it. The Human Elements that are our failings are taking over.
Just a thought...........