"Matrimony, which used to be the sacrosanct institution for the unifying spiritual power of sexual relations and the procreation and raising of children in a harmonious unit has become totally cheapened by the customs of the day. Sex is for the moment, children a commodity that can be accepted, rejected or tossed in a bin behind the abortuary.
"If people of the gay persuasion look at the way we have dumbed down marriage to a simple piece of paper defining the property interests of the parties, who can blame them when they say, 'Well, why can't we have that, too?'
"Perhaps if we had a better idea of what matrimony is, or should be, we wouldn't even be having this discussion."
— Former family-court judge Robert N. Going on the cultural currents that enabled the California Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision. He notes that such currents extend well beyond what critics call the "gay lobby."