I've had a hard time dealing with this ... I'm sure I should have commented earlier, but I haven't even begun to reconcile my feelings yet.
I will say this:
If you are truly defending the sanctity of your precious marriages, stop getting divorced. Let's pass a constitutional amendment banning THAT. And let ME vote on it.
'Nuf said. Sacred, my ass. If marriage is so damned sacred, pay attention to that little "'til death do us part" line. Remember that?
I've stated my opinions before. Two consenting adults who love each other and want to affirm their relationship as binding, with the legal, cultural and financial benefits available, should be able to marry. Or whatever you want to call it.
If you also want the blessing of a church, fine. Then you can also have a church wedding.
BUT - they should have nothing to do with each other. You can have one, or both. But only the union performed by an agent of the United States government should be legally binding. Anything else - be it a huge taffeta-laden, "Trumpet Voluntary" blaring, fifth-mortgage-on-your-parents' house confection, or a sleazy drunken Vegas-strip slurring your "vows" in front of an Elvis impersonating "minister" - should be just your own pretty little party, with no legal bond considered. You can have one or both.
But don't you dare keep telling me that I can have neither.
I'm waiting for someone to tell me to use the other drinking fountain. Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm an overly nice, peaceful, gentle person - but I'm an inch away from becoming a snarling, cursing, fist-flailing pummeler of the "righteous".
So ... be careful of who you're pissing on ...