I have a debate coming up shortly about the government and marriage, and I'd be interested to see any legitimate reasons (religious or not) to keep the government involved involved in marriage to the extent is now. I don't see any inherent disadvantages to having a simple license that any two consenting adults can apply for, regardless of gender. Then, they would have all the legal benefits, and it could be left up to the various religious institution if they want to "marry" them in the religious context. That way, people who disagree with gay marriage can sleep sound at night, and anyone couples could enjoy the legal benefits of marriage, and feel free to call their relationship whatever they want. Anyway, the main point of this is that I want to be prepared for any possible arguments against my position, and adjust it accordingly. Your help is greatly appreciated.