First, there are a multitudes of different cultures, contemporary and historical that treat marriage differently. Back Today. And if you do not produce a child within the first years of your marriage, then you will be separated. HIV infection is more prominent among heterosexuals on our planet than among gays 4 And your final comment about "lust" demonstrates without a doubt that your comments are entirely based in homophobia and bigotry. Religious Zealotry, huh? Arranged marriages are between a man and a woman and not necessarily based on romantic love. It is in a section of the book titled "The Collapse of Universal and Lifelong Marriage" Those are her phrases not mine.
The question "why is the word so important" answers itself.
Two men cannot make a child. Whether you like it or not, there are gay people everywhere, perhaps even in your own home. But I do believe that we cannot go against the history of marriage. There is also the thinking, ironically enough, that legalizing same sex marriage may help SAVE marriage in our culture!
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