"What a mockery to what marriage is"
Just for kicks, why is marriage only about a man and woman having kids? I'd agree if we didn't have legal definitions, marriage also means tax implications and insurance benefits, inheritance issues, etc. I believe this is the issue homosexuals are fighting over, and I think they should have it.
Where in the books does "marriage" mean you must reproduce? Where in the books does it say you can't reproduce outside of "marriage"? Now the question is, what books are you referring to? The bible? Another equally meaningless scripture text?
So if marriage the way you are describing it is defined as such only in religious texts, please explain to me what place any such ban has in our federal or state laws? Remember that whole separation of church and state thing?