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Subject:  Re: He Lost 95% of His "Friends" Date:  10/17/2012  2:18 PM
Author:  benjd25 Number:  183699 of 196443

History does not show that marriage was instituted long ago by people.

I don't think anyone believes homo erectus or australopithecus engaged in marriage...pretty sure it's exclusively a homo sapiens concept. So I'll revise: history and science show that marriage was instituted long ago, by people.

In short, you're trying to say that my marriage - performed by a government official with both participants not considering anything about God - shouldn't be called marriage. It is some lesser thing. To denote its lesser status, you wish to call it a 'civil union' instead.

If you don't want to share the word 'marriage' such that it encompasses both your religious understanding and my secular understanding, you can re-label your religious understanding as 'religious unions' (or whatever.) You don't get to re-label mine just because you don't want to share anymore.
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