re: Your statement on “redefining” marriage :
Everyone has a right to marry, but no one has the right to change the nature of marriage. Marriage is what it is and always has been, no matter what a Legislature decides to do; however, the public understanding of marriage will be negatively affected by passage of a bill that ignores the natural fact that sexual complementarity is at the core of marriage.
Please check some Church history. This is not the first time that the nature of marriage is being “redefined” – the church itself has done so frequently.
- In Biblical Israel, marriage was polygamous, arranged exclusively between men (the groom, and the fathers of his wives). The Hebrew patriarch, if he could afford it, would also keep concubines as well as wives.
- In classical and medieval times, marriage was not a contract between two people based on love to raise children, but a financial and legal arrangement to protect property and inheritance.
- In the early Christian church, there was no obligation for couples to marry in church – unless the groom was a priest.
- There was, on the other hand, provision for same sex unions to be blessed, in church, by formal liturgical rites.
- The idea of marriage as a “Christian Sacrament” came relatively late in Church history. The popular Western understanding of “traditional marriage” is a very modern invention, dating mostly from the nineteenth century.
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