WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly a decade ago, the recent debate over marriage equality entered the limelight when, in May 2004, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that the state’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
In the years since, conservativeshaveargued that marriage equality is a “threat” to marriage between straight couples.
ThinkProgress asked attendees an anti-equality rally in Washington DC today about what impact same-sex marriage has had on their own marriages over the last decade. Nearly everyone was flummoxed by the idea that someone else’s marriage would pose a threat to their own. One man even noted that gay marriage has strengthened his marriage by bringing him and his wife together over the shared belief that gays and lesbians should not be allowed to wed.
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During today’s Supreme Court case on marriage equality, the justices pressed Charles Cooper, the lawyer defending discrimination, on how exactly same-sex marriage somehow undermines marriage between straight people. He was unable to give a cogent response.