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...one of the advantages of having a spectacularly huge friendslist is interesting articles on the history of same-sex marriage. Thanks to lilchiva on this one.
From the article:
Prof Boswell discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient church liturgical documents (and clearly separate from other types of non-marital blessings such as blessings of adopted children or land) were ceremonies called, among other titles, the "Office of Same Sex Union" (10th and 11th century Greek) or the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).

I want the church to get back to traditional Christian values, damnit.
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    • you're going to smack me soon, aren't you?
      You'd like that, wouldn't you. :P

      See, I figured this little tidbit (which is hosted off the Irishtimes site in the above link, but which can be read on www.ireland.com if one signs up) might be useful for telling people like your father to just shut the heck up. ;)
  • (PS: homosexuality is also not against nature)

    (you need to register with the LA times I think to read this article)
    • Or you can check out Biological Exuberance, which is a huge reference tome chock full of same-sex activity by animals. This includes commited gay male penguin couples co-parenting stolen eggs/chicks.
      • See? Faggot child abducters, every one of them!

        (I'll point out that this is a joke, since I've had trouble in the past for assuming that strangers know where I'm coming from).
  • This is where I pull out the obLink.
  • I should note for those of us Christians who actually give a swing about actual Biblical pattern, that there are no scriptural models for marriage ceremonies, or indeed, much of one for a marriage ceremony at all.

    Consequently: Marriage ceremonies are secular creations.

    And THAT is traditional.

  • That is insanely cool. Thank you for reposting it!
  • I read the Boswell book (Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe) when it first came out, and it seems to me that a lot of his evidence was in the context of Spiritual marriage. I wanted very much for the evidence for full fledged sexual marriage to convince me, but it seems rather equivical. (It seemed to leave open possibilities rather than provide difinative proof). Of course, I read it circa 1995, so my memory of disappointment is stronger than my memory of his actual arguement.
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