If the government created the institution of marriage then they could change it by legislation. However, marriage existed long before any government on earth and has always been the union of a man and a woman into a conjugal relationship. It is therefore a de facto heterosexual institution. Therefore, government may not change it without the permission of the heterosexual population. What is most important here is not the most popular political position but the right of the heterosexual population.
A legislature can, however, create an institution like marriage for the homosexual population- called something else- without offending heterosexual rights.
Filed under: Comments on News Stories | March 29th, 2013