It Can't Be a Real Marriage. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions. Symbols are important; they are a common cultural currency which we each use to help create our sense of self. Allowing gays to get married, will only increase marriage rates because a fewer amount of couples will get divorced when there is more compatibility. This means that social and political barriers will continue to be thrown up in front of gay couples and their supporters, despite the full legal basis for their unions. Since when did the preservation of religious rights require treating minorities like second-class citizens?
Ghoulishness or gratitude?
More Like This. What is a Marriage Between a Man and a Woman? Legalizing it will help maintain its meaning and the purpose for which it was created.