What I'm suggesting is that to categorically discourage our pursuit is to unequally distribute protection under the law. A marriage is not just a tax convenience. I feel ill-equipped to describe what a marriage is, as I've never been married, but there is no denying the benefits two individuals reap by committing to a mentally and physically loving relationship. It is healthy for them to do so. As it is in our nation's interest to be made up of healthy citizens, should we not therefore recognize, protect and promote healthy practices?