I hereby demand that you all vote no on the amendment. If you do not know what I am talking about, you are probably not from/in Kentucky (also, check your state, you may have a similar bill on the ballot). That's okay. You can't help us anyway (I still love you, though).
As I was saying, the amendment I speak of is the Kentucky Marriage Amendment, which is the spawn of some demonic beast (see: government official) who just happens to be supremely homophobic. Not only does it ban gay marriage but also anything legally similar which means that civil unions would be illegal and that the words of the amendment could be twisted in especially conservative areas to exclude the drafting of legal rights through a contract. So basically, if they want to, they could take the rights of all gays away and prevent the courts from overturning it (and it couldn't be changed for at least 25 years).
If you have a problem with the idea of gay marriage because of the definition of marriage or a personal religious belief, keep in mind that this isn't just outlawing marriage, but any rights. This isn't protecting marriage, a ban on just gay marriage would do that. This is a ban on the rights of gays to simply live together and get the legal benefits of a long term relationship. A heterosexual couple would get these rights even if they're "common-law" husband and wife, just because they have lived together for a certain number of years. What this does is says that no gay couple, whether through religious OR legal ceremony, could have these rights for a minimum of a quarter century. I don't need to make a Catholic priest recognize me. Just our government, something that is supposed to be separate from church anyway.
*steps off soapbox*