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this is not to debate the validity of Gay Marriages, but to debate whether the Government should be dictating who the Church can marry in the Eyes of God?
I ask the question: Why have none of the organised religions come out against Bush’s proposition to ban gay marriages?
The word marriage may be taken to denote the action, contract, formality, or ceremony by which the conjugal union is formed or the union itself as an enduring condition. In this article we deal for the most part with marriage as a condition, and with its moral and social aspects. It is usually defined as the legitimate union between husband and wife. "Legitimate" indicates the sanction of some kind of law, natural, evangelical, or civil, while the phrase, "husband and wife", implies mutual rights of sexual intercourse, life in common, and an enduring union. The last two characters distinguish marriage, respectively, from concubinage and fornication