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Marriage: A Relationship Unlike Any Other

peaceman Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 8:04 PM
I've given you those reasons several times in speaking to the individual rights of that belong to all. That includes the 'practice' of religion which allows us freedom with the institution of marriage. The problem we're having here is that you really don't want to discuss the points otherwise you'd share your rationale that would speak to why such institution cannot be changed. And the point is that all institutions are subject to change given the environment of the culture and its awareness...reason has been given, it's a BASIC right regardless what others believe

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...