As arguments kick off today in the Supreme Court's review of Proposition 8, we're all acutely aware of what's at stake. If Prop 8 is ruled unconstitutional, access to legal same-sex marriage will be entirely solidified.
One thing that isn't at stake, however, is the type of stability and certainty that same-sex couples—especially those raising children—seek to accomplish through recognition and federal endorsement of their relationships. Just as the term "marriage" is bastardized by the inclusion of a modifier, "same-sex," so too are stability and certainty debased in the context of total unrestraint and arbitrariness. If we have good enough reason to override the ageless institution of marriage, what can really afford the type of lasting stability or certainty we're after for ourselves and our loved ones? Surely, whatever guarantors we know can just as easily be overruled.