Same-sex marriage is bad, but Prop 8 lawyers don't know why

BB reader Laszlo Thoth writes,

I've always been puzzled by the strong opposition to same-sex marriage. I just don't see what's so bad about it. I have no idea what the harm is. I've talked to many supporters of CA Prop 8 but they haven't been able to tell me either.

Last night I was reading an October 14 transcript from Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case that's deciding the constitutionality of CA Prop 8. I was surprised to discover that apparently *nobody* knows what the problem is with same-sex marriage. Not the plaintiffs, not the defendants, and not the judge, who seems more than a little surprised by this.

The whole transcript is 104 double-spaced pages (PDF Link), all of which are worth reading, but I've excerpted the good bits.

[PHOTO – "intolerance," CC-licensed image by Joseph Robertson. "Spotted this stencil on the back of a truck down by the fish processing plant. This appears to be the truck owner's genius contribution to the debate involving Oregon state ammendment 36, which passed last year, altering the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriages."]