Madison wrote:The Artful Dodger wrote:You can always convert.
I view marriage as a universal institution first and foremost. You can get married in a church, in a synagogue, in a mosque, in a Hindu temple, and it's still the same relationship of marriage. Problem is, there will be some differences on interpreting marriage between the religions, some of which is cultural. This is why governments, not just here or but across the world, have power to authorize and honor the agreement of a union. It doesn't matter if in the US, Canada, Europe, or wherever, that union is still universally honored and it carries portability across nations and communities. In the US, it's a constitutional right to get married in a non-religious setting if for whatever reason you cannot marry in a religious setting. So, yes, I see marriage as a universal institution that is governed and honored by law, while religions are free to keep to their traditions of matrimony.
Nah, no converting for me. I couldn't hack being a Catholic anyway, they'd kick me out I'm sure.
Ok, fun now.
How can the United States government control something that's universal across the globe? What "right" does the United States have to tell all religions and all countries what marriage is or that they are "wrong" as to what marriage is? Who will force other countries to comply with the United State's definition of marriage?
The United States government can only control the unions in this country, and as such, should leave "marriage" to the bodies that control it around the world (religion).
The same thing can be said replacing 'United States' with any religion of your choosing, and reversing the roles. AD has made a near irrefutable case for the government governing marriage licensing. In fact, this really refutes your argument about the definition of the word since different countries and religions globally define the word differently currently, and is not, as you said, universal across the globe. Seven European nations recognize same-sex marriages (using that term, 21 recognize same-sex unions) with more countries proposing legislation to start honoring same sex marriage currently.
This is all setting aside the fact that the definition of the word has changed wildly throughout history, if you're still hanging onto the communication argument.