Katinga: It's rather about sacred honor, and the union is effectively defined there as heterosexual because it is a hetero-union, between unlikes, which parallels the union between Christ and the church, also unlikes. Before there ever was a "Jesus" humans were getting married. To say that one needs to be a "Christian" to be married is ludicrous, ethnocentrist, and just plain ignorant. There are BILLIONS of humans around the world who are NOT Christians who have been and will continue to be married. It just plain boggles my mind that people can be so narrow minded and live in such little worlds that they believe that their beliefs and little worlds that they live in are the only worlds possible. There is no way that I could make a list of all the different types of religions in the world, but just to name a few, there are Pagans, Wiccans, Animists, Zoroastrians, Isis and Osiris worshippers, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, etc., etc., etc., and I would dare say that most if not all of these people have marriage as part of their lives in some form or other. In fact, North American Indians had "Berdaches" who were essentially "homosexuals" who participated and were involved in being married. One does NOT have to be "Christian" to be married, nor are all religions in the world as narrow minded and intolerant and "exclusivist" as Christianity is. I seem to recall reading something about whole groups of Hindus who are homosexual or transvestites who are accepted in Hindu society. I don't know if they get married or not, but they're are certainly not as ostracized and hidden as homosexuals in the United States are. There is supposed to be a seperation of Church and State in the United States but the laws and rules certainly don't bare it out. Americans are so narrow minded and sexually repressed it would be funny if it weren't so sad. - Art
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