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  •  Marriage is a Government Not a Religious Insti- (7+ / 0-)


    Which is why Jesus' Biblical role at a wedding was only to juice up the after-party; he never married anyone ever. It's also why no priest or pastor can pronounce anyone married except "by the authority vested in me by the state...." and religious authorities have no power to divorce anyone.

    --Leaving aside the often-cited fact that traditional Biblical marriage was often polygamous and permissive of concubines on the side.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 07:33:55 PM PDT

    •  Had this same discussion recently... (3+ / 0-)
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      with another that marriage actually found it foundation in law, and not religion.  It is, after all, a contract of sorts, even from the earliest of times.  

    •  A friend of mine pointed out (2+ / 0-)

      that the term for a "sacred" religious marriage, at least in many Christian denominations, is actually "holy matrimony."  Marriage is the legal act, not the religious one.

    •  The word "marriage" has more than one (0+ / 0-)

      definition, like many other words.

      One, used by the legal system, refers to the legal relationship between two adults. This has nothing to do with religion, sexual practices (or the lack of them), or morality. It primarily influences financial matters.

      A second, used by many religions, refers to the religious ceremony that is used to approve some relationships between two people. This has nothing to do with their legal status.

      The anti-gay-marriage crowd deliberately confuses these definitions. They want people to think that marriage equality means that they are endorsing some kind of icky sexual doings that they would prefer not to think about.

      I understand this revulsion- I feel the same way when I think about Rush Limbaugh having sex. But that doesn't mean that I think that he shouldn't be allowed to get a marriage license.

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