"You're looking at what is the best course societywide to get you the optimal result in the widest variety of cases. That often is not open to people in individual cases. Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option," said John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage.
In the United States, Herndon Graddick, president of gay and lesbian group GLAAD, urged reform: "In his life, Jesus condemned gays zero times. In Pope Benedict's short time in the papacy, he made a priority of condemning gay people routinely - this in spite of the fact that the Catholic hierarchy had been in collusion to cover up the widespread abuse of children."
Recently obtained documents reveal that anti-gay activists had big plans for the so-called "study" that claimed that kids of gay couples fare worse than their peers; they were going to try to use it to sway the Supreme Court.
Jon Huntsman's three daughters, the conservative pundit S.E. Cupp, and a number of other young media industry figures have joined "Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry," a same-sex marriage advocacy group.
A well-known attorney due to ask the U.S. Supreme Court this month to strike down a California law banning same-sex marriage says the high court may very well present a united front in favor of gay and lesbian rights.