When a couple applies for a marriage license, they submit an application to the Government and then (if the couple wishes), publically and ceremoniously, demonstrates their commitment.
Now, there is bickering as to what that couple should be. Two consenting adults, with great love and admiration for each other, is not enough. This bickering is loveless.
Why would an entire community want to model its relationship on relationships that result in a HUGE divorce rate? One reason: reasonable rights.
When someone, who has been devoted to the welfare of another consenting adult, is denied access to the partner at the hospital.
When someone, who has been side by side for 30 years, is denied the same pension, benefits, and consideration as another couple.
When someone is denied a deceased partner's estate (half or more than half that could have been financed by him/her).
When someone is treated like a second class citizen.
THE JIG IS UP: Religion nor fear are acceptable reasons to refuse honest, committed declarations of love between consenting adults.