It's a privilege."
An actual conversation between gay friends who are pro-gay equality.
A drivers license is a privilege.
Individual states cannot decide to pass laws stating that driving is only for straight people, can they?
I can understand it as a privilege when it comes to taxation and different legal rights.
But as R1 says, it's not something you have to earn.
Loving v. Virginia says otherwise:
Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival....
You are exactly right R3
A marriage license IS currently a privilege
In this sense, individual states can pass laws defining who can and can not obtain one within those states. Where the opposition had always lost its standing is establishing that only certain people may take part in the legal rights that are afforded under the word "marriage". So their best line of "defense" is to drum of so-called marriage amendments. It's a decision that I think will ultimately be left to the SCOTUS -- I think we oversimplify the potential effects. It becomes not so much a matter of defining marriage as civil rights or privileges, but establishing if states have a right to discriminate on any level based on sexual orientation.