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#141 - haha, ok 10/19/2012 on Explain that 0
#140 - I don't get what's so special about marriage that it needs be …  [+] (6 replies) 10/19/2012 on Explain that +7
#146 - drmrniceguy (10/19/2012) [-]
Marriage is a religious concept that has become so socially acceptable that it has become an interwoven part of many legal systems. But look what it started out as: a religious concept.

Religions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and possibly Hinduism/Buddhism have marriage written all over their sacred texts. As far as I can tell, they define marriage as between a man and a woman, so today's lawmakers are uncomfortable to change that. To change the values for which their country was founded on, even.

But if I'm wrong here, tell me!
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#207 - jakefenris (10/20/2012) [-]
Because you asked to be corrected. Marriage has served and continues to serve, as a means of connecting families, tribes groups, and clans in bonds of alliances. Arrangements were made by core family groups, had little or nothing to do with love.

In Medieval Europe and the Middle East, and earlier, men as old as sixty would marry young girls between the ages of 14-16. This was to combine the benefit of the old man's economic stability, and the fertility of the young girl. In different cultures parents were either paid, or paid to have their daughters married (dowries).

Marriage did not begin to change to become the "act of love" Western cultures consider it today, until the early 20th century, some time after the industrial revolution. Arranged marriages continue to occur in many different areas of the world.

Marriage has historically followed cultural rules, longer than religious groups have had claim over it. Also, many First Nation clans (Indians, Native Americans) had members who engaged in and supported same-sex marriages.

Also, assuming you're American, America was not founded on Christian values. Most of the founding fathers were strongly Deist, and against a reoccurrence of the European world at the time, which was heavily influence by religion. Most of which fought to suppress the rights of others to practice different faiths. America was founded with the goal of providing a haven for all religions to be freely practiced, but not for them to influence the government or suppress others or force people to follow their beliefs.
#267 - anon (10/20/2012) [-]
you are right on all accounts except that America was indeed founded on Christian ideals.
Everyone says the founding fathers weren't deeply religious, but that hardly means that religion didn't have a say in social culture. While many may people today may claim to have no or little religious affiliation, they still unknowingly act in accordance to Puritan social practices passed down since the founding of New England. the founding father may have been more reserved about their religion, but a group of twenty men can hardly account for an entire nation.
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#272 - jakefenris (10/20/2012) [-]
Social practices exist without religion, they are evolved as human societies developed. For a group to survive it had to work together, and there are certain basic things that are going to cause people to be shunned from the group, causing them to die off. All cultures have laws, all religions have laws. It is ridiculous and incorrect to claim christianity is the source of modern laws.
#198 - anon (10/20/2012) [-]
Right. And just because people get baptized in water that must mean swimming and bathing are religious acts as well huh?
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#155 - wymetehoriginal (10/19/2012) [-]
Millions of atheists have been married and there hasn't been any issue there. I understand that marriage started out as a religious bond, but today it has legal benefits. Marriage has become a legal institution and I think it should be treated as such.
#95 - THEN THEY KILL THEMSELVES  [+] (1 reply) 10/13/2012 on Survey +8
#99 - PiMaker (10/13/2012) [-]
then there are fewer ugly people.

everyone wins
#134 - You can totally judge the entire state of things in a place fr…  [+] (1 reply) 10/06/2012 on successful! +1
#144 - LocoJoe (10/06/2012) [-]
True, so here's more pictures of France. Gotta enjoy that multiculturalism.
#49 - I watch seananners a lot too. I'd also recommend Criken  [+] (1 reply) 10/04/2012 on challenge failed +1
#66 - jbchockey (10/04/2012) [-]
Swiftor too he gets really involved with the community which is really fun
#39 - why?  [+] (1 reply) 10/04/2012 on Edward Penis-hands 0
#44 - SodaPopCandyShop (10/04/2012) [-]
Sometimes it's better not to ask.