In the 70s, 80s and 90s the main issues were civil rights, AIDS & Roe V Wade. In the last decade & for the next, 'however many' years following, the issues will be privacy, profiling & gay marriage.
I'll never get my head around gay marriage opposition. I get the religious argument. I even get the traditional, "old way of thinking" crap, but what I can't understand is how any of that relates to law.
The constitution is constantly trampled on for so many inconceivable reasons, that I can't accept a constitutional debate on the issue. This should not be an issue at all.
If the argument can be made that it should and could be legal for same-sex couples to marry, then that is the end of the issue.
Think of abortion. Religiously, irreprehensible. Constitutionally, legal. End of story.