"Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival..."
These words, from Loving v. Virginia, in 1967, set aside anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. What politician would openly refute those words? All of them, it seems. While they would never indicate an intention to roll back laws allowing people of different races to marry, query them about people of the same sex marrying.
No, I am not gay, I am straight male, happily married (to a woman). But I cannot see in any way how allowing two homosexual people to marry would impact my marriage in any way. The Republican-backed "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) purports that the very act of two people of the same sex marrying would cause damage the institute of marriage.
Republicans call themselves the "Party of smaller Government". Please someone explain to me how the DOMA is "Smaller Government".