The same is said even about domestic partnership laws which would give same-sex partners a few of the same basic rights as married couples. That is a low bar. Many choose to marvel at the discovery that it only mentions men and women marrying, then sagely conclude that gays can't possibly marry. Religious affiliation Religious attendance. Opponents of marriage equality usually insist that marriage is only legitimate when it's between a man and a woman.
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It also motivates much of their vehemence in a way that would be hard to explain otherwise. What is a "man" and what is a "woman"? It failed to do so. Just how much damage could gay unions do, though?
For them, marriage is conceived of almost exclusively in religious terms.