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Marriage: A Relationship Unlike Any Other

peaceman Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 7:52 PM
Polygamy seems to be a 'fine line' in parts of Utah but that seems cloudy at best. You make an assumption about 'institutions' as no such law exists. Clearly, the Constitution set forth a precedent not witnessed in the 'western world' with regard to freedoms granted to the citizenry. The principle being spoken to is that if any institution bares unfairness in the public domain then it is subject to change just as we ended the institution of slavery. So the 'perceived idea' of the institution of marriage is subject to change due to the fact that others feel different about it than you...

NOTE: This is the fifth column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fourth column is available here.

Many of us will recall the song from Sesame Street that begins, “One of these things is not like the other.” The song conveyed to viewers that not everything, or every relationship, is the same; we have different capabilities and purposes.

The government routinely sings this song as it recognizes and seeks to support certain relationships based on their uniqueness, their distinctive purpose, or their benefit to society.

One such relationship that is unlike...