Marriage today isn't at all like what it was two millennia or even two centuries ago. Married heterosexuals were less distressed than either of these groups. Events Discover. Despite the above studies positively linking marriage with wellbeing, it may be premature to definitively assert causality. One thing that has often puzzled many people is the argument from so many religious and political conservatives that same-sex marriages "threaten" and "undermine" traditional heterosexual marriages. This approach ignores the fact that the nature of marriage has changed in definition and makeup quite often over the centuries.
Granting legal marriage rights to gays and lesbians would threaten the stability of the family, a pillar of our society.
It's no surprise that opponents of gay marriage frequently complain that such marriages would undermine the institution of marriage. Since when did the preservation of religious rights require treating minorities like second-class citizens? Marriage is not just an institution, but also a symbol representing our culture's ideas about sex, sexuality, and human relationships.