Regardless of your opinion on gay marriage, this tale demonstrates why the government has no business in the personal lives of law-abiding citizens, and why I fall more in line with libertarians than garden-variety, social republicans.
Briefly, in Sonoma county CA., an elderly gentleman who was half of a gay couple who'd been together for 20 years, fell and was hospitalized. The doctors said he only had a few months of life remaining because of his advanced age. The hospital and state government refused visitation to his partner, seized their jointly held property, powers of financial attorney, and forced them into separate nursing homes on the grounds that they were simply roommates......and this man died alone in an empty hospital room, friendless, having not been allowed to see his partner since his accident.
What business is it of the imperial State what kind of legal arrangement two consenting adults enter into? Moreover, tell me how it's possible that gay couples can make a bigger mockery of the institution of marriage than we hetero couples have?
The whole asinine story is here.