Re: Anti-gay-marriage amendment
- From: "Gerald Fuller" <gfuller1930@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2006 04:11:31 -0000
"John O'Conner" <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
rich hammett wrote:
My understanding of the church's belief is this:
The church believes that marriage is a holy relationship among man,
woman, and God. Any effort to change that relationship is a threat to
the basic definition of the relationship.
But of course back in the first part of the 19th century on into the first
part of the 20th century seem to recall that it was required to do a little
weasel wording for a marriage being between a man and a woman. Some seemed
to think that plural marriage meant one man and plural women. In fact the
Church now seems to want to stay close to one man - one woman.
Now that is fine with me. I cannot be a husband to more than one woman,
assuming that I can be a good husband to one! But we really need to be
careful not to pretend that we always preached one man - one woman!
Words have meaning, and it
appears that the church is determined to maintain the meaning of
"marriage" that it has used up to this time.
Well, sort of up to this time. <G> Up to this time after it took it on
sometime after the 1890 Manifesto.
If man-man or woman-woman
relationships similar to marriage become "marriage" then traditional
marriages between man and woman are no longer "marriage."
For what it's worth, I think that marriage is not the business of the
Government at any level. But it appears that the government has taken it
over for economic reasons. Not that the government makes a lot of money from
marriage, but by exercising control over marriage, the government has up to
now, or up to not long ago, at least, governed the outlay of money to care
for women and children.
I think this describes some portion of the church's interest in the
issue. They are trying to protect a sacred institution called "marriage."
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