An Iowa county judge has ordered the county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He found that withholding marriage licenses was unconstitutional discrimination and that married parents are in the interest of children, so the state should accommodate marriage for all children and "family units."
If his concern is the interest of children, which I strongly share, then it should be the state's interest that children have the strongest, healthiest family units possible. And that's a good reason not only not to recognize same-sex couple, but to reform the no-fault divorce laws that have undermined strong, stable families. The diminishment of family units began decades ago, long before the first same-sex couple sought a marriage license.
And, by the way, what does he imply by "family units"? After all, if stable families and equal access are the government's obligation, then what is the constitutional argument for only two-person couple families? If marriage is whatever we say it is, or whatever people want to avail themselves of in pursuit of their freedom, then who's to say only couples should be given preferences?