Originally posted by mrkeen
The idea of two people being married to each other derives from the fact that there are exactly two biological sexes. If we had three sexes (as was the case with some race in one of Star Trek episodes), marriage would be a union of three people. So once you exclude the notion of biological sex from marriage, but still leave the number two there, it just adds to the idiocy of the whole affair. Why would exactly two people be "married" to each other? What does it mean? Why not 12 or 100 people?edit on 7-12-2012 by mrkeen because: spelling
That is going on the ancient, traditional assumption that the two people getting married were going to procreate and have a family. That is not always the case now. Now, two heterosexual people sometimes get married without the intention of having children. Now, two heterosexual people may get married, but adopt their children instead of having them biologically. These non-traditional types of marriages are still legal marriages, but they don't absolutely require opposite sex unions, because there is no actual procreation going on.
Two people is the most intimate number of a love-based union, so two people in a marriage make sense, but there are people who claim to have very intimate, serious relationships with multiple partners. I see nothing wrong with 3, 4, 5 or more people getting married to each other, if there is true love, commitment and consent among the partners.