This is worth a read, though most of the people you will try to get this information through to will say, “But this is America, not some other country.” I know that as sure as I’m typing these words.
n a recent blog post, Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show “The Line of Fire” and the president of FIRE School of Ministry, challenged HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile to a debate related to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to provide licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious views.
Brown’s challenge came after Signorile published a blog post on The Huffington Post in which he stated, “We cannot be held hostage to the theatrics of religious extremists.” Brown responded by writing, “Really now, who are the extremists, those who are convinced that for marriage to be marriage, it must include a man and a woman, just as it has for virtually all recorded history across every culture and nation and in harmony with the religious beliefs of several billion people, or those who want to redefine it radically?”
But the problem with Brown’s comeback is that marriages haven’t always involved a man and a woman and certainly haven’t required religious beliefs to be considered valid. Claiming that marriage is a static institution that hasn’t continued to evolve in extreme ways over time or that the type of marriage defended by people like Brown is the only kind of marriage that has existed throughout history is just wrong.
From “ghost marriages” to weddings staged purely to attain power, here are just a few of the ways that marriage has been radically redefined throughout history.