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Marriage Best Left to Churches

Bruce2397 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 9:05 AM
Let's be clear---the word marriage does not "come from the Bible"---the word marriage is "in" the Bible, as are a great many other words. The word marriage is Middle English, coming into usage around the late 13th century. Whatever it was called in the time before Jesus, it wasn't called "marriage"...
Joseph64 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 9:33 AM
The Old Testament was written before Jesus was born and yet marriage is mentioned in it many times. How do you account for that?

The current conundrum regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage is what happens when church and state are mixed -- the topics become confusing and confused.

When I married my husband almost 15 years ago, I did so out of love and out of a desire to witness before God my commitment to him and his to me. The legal and tax ramifications did not enter into my head.

But for couples of the same sex, the legal and tax ramifications can be very important because their legal rights differ from those of heterosexual couples in a number of ways,...