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Old 08-13-2004, 03:12 AM   #16
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Default Re: Question for Christians who Oppose Gay Marriage

> The first definition of marriage, the word, has been as follows; "The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife." This isn't even open for debate.

Edit: On second thought, using nothing more than a sarcastic retort here is pointless and in poor taste. However, I firmly hold that it is open, in that not only do different institutions define it differently, and also in that one definition, no matter its placement in the list, does not necessarily give it precedence over others

> The institution is thousands of years old

So was slavery. This doesn't justify it.

> historically, always been defined as a union between a man
> and a woman. It's clear you ignored the first line.

Um, then why did I say that there was one mention of it?

> Then where is the argument? Definitions change. In this
> case, added to-- let's continue down the list.
> "A union between two persons having the customary but
> usually not the legal force of marriage: a same-sex
> marriage."

Added to, yes. The point remains though that OED never defined marriage as between man and woman.

> If marriage is to be allowed between same sex couples, it
> should be amended to the constitution and clarified. This is
> where I stand.

It probably should but it doesn't necessarily mean it should be prevented because the constitution doesn't mention it

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