Survey the “rights” literature going back to Hobbes.
The word “marriage” never appears unless it’s in relation to womens’ property rights.
(No doubt Mill wanted his married girlfriend to get to keep some stuff…)
Again: within living memory, homosexuals mocked the institution of marriage constantly.
When it dawned on them that, thanks to the welfare state, they could use marriage as a way to increase their already significant disposable incomes, they easily guilt-tripped millions of philosophically ignorant straights to play along.
They want government benefits, mandatory health insurance coverage, and tax shelters – an unearned wealth transfer from taxpayers or employers to themselves.
One homosexual told CNN it was “unfair” and “un-American” that he could not receive $2,000 a month in Social Security survivor’s benefits from U.S. taxpayers after his “partner” died. In a more costly move, the “husband” of late U.S. Congressman Gerry Studds is now suing the government, because he cannot receive the federal benefits other spouses collect when a congressman dies. (…)
They also demand tax shelters heterosexual couples enjoy. “Queer advocate” Erik Lappman writes, “It is essential that progressives across the United States highlight” the fact that same-sex couples pay “on average at least $1,069 more than identical heterosexual, married couples in taxes.”
There’s a bumper sticker: “Same-sex ‘marriage’: ‘Cause it’s not love if I don’t get a tax break.”