I am a meat Popsicle.
We could simply say that they had the realistic foresight to build a government that is merely able to change with society
Which they did but this was not the way to to change the government that they had enshrined in the highest law of the land. The constitution states what rights are reserved tot he federal government of which marriage is not one of them so it was left up to the states. This would simply mean that each state could have its own laws regarding marriage and could define it any way it wanted. What muddies this issue is the full faith and credit clause which means states would have to honor marriages (and any number of other things) from other states, unless regulated by congress. So back with President Clinton the DOMA was passed by congress regulating interstate recognition of marriage, which is one of the powers granted to congress to do. I dislike this ruling, even though I feel it was the morally correct one, because it does smell of activism by the judiciary. The proper way to handle this would have been to:
repeal the federal DOMA
modify the constitution to add sexual preference as something that cannon be discriminated on
or do what my state did and have the state legislature vote to approve homosexual marriage
All of these would have been constitutional and were how the framers envisioned changing our government. The way this came down I expect it to become a huge wedge issue (more so than before) like abortion and to be something that gets rehashed many times over also like abortion.
Before the big housing bust my wife and I bought our house to live in, and when we were getting a mortgage we qualified for 3/4 of a million dollars loan. The monthly payment would have been just a few dollars less than our pretax income. I looked at the loan officer and said "Are you fucking retarded? It will be physically impossible for us to even make a single payment." I then made him work backwards from our post tax income with a given monthly payment we could afford even if one of us lost our job to get a real amount. At that point I realized that the whole thing was a giant house of cards just waiting to collapse, but hey we needed a house and plan on living there for a very long time.
The NSA is an offensive organization
You could have just stopped there.