they DO deserve to have all the rights and privileges of everyone else. this IS america, is it not?
marriage isn't a religious institution. it is for some people, but it is a LEGAL situation overall. and in this sense, we cannot discriminate against gay people regardless of your individual feelings for them. they ARE people and they ARE americans just as much as the rest of us.
time to fix the wrong that was done. just like we over came slavery, segregation, and women not being allowed to vote. this one is just as important. gays are people too, and they deserve just as much respect and rights as the rest of us.