The mayor of San Diego Jerry Sanders, a Republican, testified in the Proposition 8 trial in California on Tuesday. He talked about his conversion from marriage equality opponent to proponent. Sanders’ daughter is a lesbian.
Testimony also included expert witness Lee Badgett, a University of Massachusetts professor, who cited a study of how same-sex marriage affects opposite-sex marriage. According to studies, the rate of heterosexual marriage has not changed in places with same-sex marriage. So how does same-sex marriage affect opposite-sex marriage? Not at all.
In testimony from Sanders and Badgett, the question of civil unions and domestic partnerships was addressed. Why wouldn’t gay and lesbian couples just accept these and prefer marriage? Because anything less than marriage makes them feel like second-class citizens.