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I just came across this article by Matthew Roberts that discusses gay marriage from a historical point of view. Two paragraphs I liked:
The definition of marriage has always implied heterosexuality. The word ‘marriage,’ from the Latin maritare, linguistically has built into it the idea of procreation. Maritare not only means to marry but also to impregnate, which is why commentators would speak of women simultaneously being married and impregnated. In short, purely in terms of semantics, the very notion of marriage is defined in terms of impregnation. Historically in the West, even in non-Christian cultures, the very idea of “gay marriage” would have been an oxymoron.
Iiiiiiiiiiiiinteresting. I’ve heard before that “marriage” is derived from the old French word marier and later, the latin maritare. But I’ve never heard that maritare inherently implies procreation. After googling the topic, I came across this page which claims:
The modern definition of marriage is rooted in Latin, according to Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at Stanford University. It originally was “maritare,” a term with mainly agricultural uses, referring to the grafting of vines and plants, or the breeding of animals.
If we follow that line of thought, and if it is true, that means that maritare was first used to “marry” plants together. Naturally, this process is done with the end goal of creating offspring from the two joined plants. You don’t join two plants together so that they can get tax breaks, lower insurance premiums, and an official, government-sanctioned piece of paper affirming the union. Marriage of two plants is to unite the two plants, to become one, and create offspring together. So it is with marriage between man and woman. Gay marriage, as the cited article states, then becomes an oxymoron. Our society would flounder and disintegrate if gay marriage became the norm. Then again, the Population Connection would love that, wouldn’t they?
Again, from the article:
Marriage, if it is to survive, must remain a long-standing institution defined as the eternal union of man and a woman. There is a reason that wise statesmen for all of recorded history have prescribed heterosexual marriage as the norm; it is necessary for the survival of society. Undermine such an important institution, and you are undermining your very cultural legacy. To tamper with this institution in the spirit of social engineering is not only foolish, but also quite devastating. Destroy one of the central tenants of our society, and you are ripping away at the very fabric of our stability. Leveled buildings can easily be rebuilt, but once a nation’s moral fiber has been destroyed it is in serious trouble.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.