Rather, government recognizes marriage because it benefits society in a way that no other relationship does - no matter how loving it may be.
Marriage is the one and only social institution centered on the well-being of children. It is the uniqueness of that union that established marriage.
Only the lifelong, faithful union of husband and wife promotes healthy, natural families for the common good today and for future generations.
It is uniquely this union that has proven to be society's time-tested way to bless as many children as possible with both a mom and a dad.
Common sense confirms what cultures across continents and continuances have confirmed: moms and dads are both necessary for the optimal setting in which to raise a child.
Take one away and replace it with a "generic" adult and the result is a catastrophic social experiment. Marriage upholds the truth that children need a mom and a dad, and encourages the establishment of homes with both a mom and a dad.
Marriage predates government and has public purposes that transcend its private privileges.
Above all, we pray that the Supreme Court will recall that marriage is based on the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman and the reality that children need a mother and a father.
That is something that truly deserves our attention.
Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq., is president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, a servant organization dedicated to advancing, defending and equipping West Virginia's families through policy, politics and preparation.