The Dec. 3 article "Gay marriage views see swift transformation" (Page A-1) was thought-provoking. It's a relief that prejudice is melting away even if the conferring of marriage remains a stumbling block for some of us.
The issue puts me cautiously in mind of the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade. As I recall it, the moderate majority in the various states were working toward forming moral, yet realistic, humane policies. Roe vs. Wade short-circuited this evolution, which was by nature gradual. As a result, moderate voices have been drowned out by those of the shrill extremes who feel pushed to "take sides." (An example is the Dec. 3 letter, "Why not let parents kill kids?")
In addition the abortion debate provides endless political fodder which is divisive and useless, in that the ruling is never revisited or altered.