A Discussion And Analysis Of Same Sex Marriage

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“A Discussion and Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States”
Tranard J. Harvin
Dr. Yousuf
PLJS 301 - American Government
Claflin University
November 13, 2015

A Discussion and Analysis of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States
Tranard J. Harvin, Claflin University

Introduction
The notion of same-sex love is as ancient as human love and the question of how it is recognized and understood has bedeviled every human civilization. This institution has existed since the date of Plato’s Symposium and has even been evident in seventeenth-century China and nineteenth century Africa where it was identical to opposite-sex marriage (Sullivan, 2004). Until the fourteenth-century of the Common Era, same-sex unions existed and were blessed by the Christian Church bounding male and female couples in holy unions by the rites of witnessing priests and congregations. Montaigne, in his Italian journals, recalls having witnessed such a ceremony in Rome as late as 1578. Montaigne writes,
“Two males married each other at Mass, with the same ceremonies we use for our marriages, taking Communion together, using the same nuptial Scripture, after which they slept and ate together. Roman experts said that since sex between male and female could be legitimate only within marriage, it had seemed equally fair [juste] to them to authorize [these] ceremonies and mysteries of the church.” (Bergen-Aurand, 2014)
When the institution of marriage is evaluated it is evident in the works of…
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