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Marriage: From Sacred Bond to Status Update

Christians have joined the broader culture in letting the definition of marriage slide for decades.

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Walter Hudson

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July 14, 2013 - 5:00 pm
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Come August 1st, gay couples within Minnesota will be legally bound in civil matrimony. The state became the twelfth in the nation to legalize gay marriage after being among the first to reject a ballot question which would have affirmed the traditionally understood definition, a union between one man and one woman.

The debate which culminated in this dramatic shift in social policy has been enormously divisive, provoking conflict between friends, among family, and within organizations. Standing up for the traditional definition earned allegations of bigotry. Reasoned discourse proved elusive. Talking points erupted from emotion. Slogans distorted the truth. As the dust now settles in the North Star State, gay marriage manifests from concept to reality.

As a resident and politically active Christian, I have taken some time since the law has changed to deconstruct the battle for marriage in our state. I stand convinced that it was lost long before anyone suggested the notion of same-sex unions.

Advocates of tradition have framed the debate over marriage as an attempt to redefine a sacred institution. What we weren’t prepared to admit is that such redefinition had already occurred. While the extent to which marriage has ever been broadly held sacred remains an open question, it was at least treated as such in times past. There were natural incentives to encourage it. The greatest of those was children. Beneath higher concepts of honor lay the simple facts that sex may result in children and children present responsibility. The proverbial shotgun wedding was a pragmatic affair, because a father properly ought to provide for his offspring and their mother.

Such incentive abated with the advent of birth control, the rejection of gender roles, and the legalization of abortion. In a matter of decades, the pragmatic reasons for entering into matrimony no longer applied. Sure, sex could still lead to children, but not necessarily. Conception could be prevented. Pregnancy could be terminated. And the state stood ready to provide when fathers would not.

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you forgot the elements of our new marriages that polluted the whole concept - no fault divorce and the woman as the 'best parent' by default. this b.p. status suddenly meant auto-custody of the children, plus all the perks. a man automatically became a servant and second class citizen. his wealth and future earnings were immediately subject to confiscation, and his time w/ her children cut to a minimum, and wholly at her discretion. courthouses became like car lots, running men in the front and out the back. broken men were fleeced and turned into nasty terms like deadbeats when they didn't produce as required. shunned by society, life ruined, and everybody damaged beyond repair. no fault meant that women could take lovers, do whatever and still expect to receive the goodies once the marriage fell apart, and boy did they ever. then government started giving women free stuff for having children w/o a father. the more the monier. more and more rewards for having more and more disturbed children w/o fathers.

odd how this part of the path to the total destruction of marriage keeps getting overlooked. it amazes me to think that people would believe a righteous G-d would have anything to do w/ this feminist created abomination. using churches to provide a faux-legitimacy and calling this scam a marriage only worked to defile the churches, imho. looks like the fruits of all these new marriage/divorce rules have come bitter to the tongue, just as should be expected.

in short, society turned marriage into something never intended, and did it for $$$. now they fight for something that was destroyed decades ago.
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you forgot the elements of our new marriages that polluted the whole concept - no fault divorce and the woman as the 'best parent' by default. this b.p. status suddenly meant auto-custody of the children, plus all the perks. a man automatically became a servant and second class citizen. his wealth and future earnings were immediately subject to confiscation, and his time w/ her children cut to a minimum, and wholly at her discretion. courthouses became like car lots, running men in the front and out the back. broken men were fleeced and turned into nasty terms like deadbeats when they didn't produce as required. shunned by society, life ruined, and everybody damaged beyond repair. no fault meant that women could take lovers, do whatever and still expect to receive the goodies once the marriage fell apart, and boy did they ever. then government started giving women free stuff for having children w/o a father. the more the monier. more and more rewards for having more and more disturbed children w/o fathers.

odd how this part of the path to the total destruction of marriage keeps getting overlooked. it amazes me to think that people would believe a righteous G-d would have anything to do w/ this feminist created abomination. using churches to provide a faux-legitimacy and calling this scam a marriage only worked to defile the churches, imho. looks like the fruits of all these new marriage/divorce rules have come bitter to the tongue, just as should be expected.

in short, society turned marriage into something never intended, and did it for $$$. now they fight for something that was destroyed decades ago.
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