Christian Churches and Marriage Equality

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In America, marriage is generally regarded as a constant, never changing commitment that has stood firm throughout the ages. However, this image is perhaps more distorted than most realize. In reality, marriage has evolved through the years, mostly for the better, but occasionally it takes a turn for the worse.
The first records we have of marriage are from the Bible. Sometime before 500 BC, Abraham was married his half-sister, Sarah. To gain riches and political power, he forced her to sleep with the Egyptian Pharaoh and King Abimelech. When Abraham later realized she was unable to have children, he married another woman, Sarah’s Egyptian slave, who bore his son Ishmael. From the earliest time, woman were treated as the property of their
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Lippold.) These laws banning interracial marriage had been in place since 1850, but were about to be changed. The court ruled that two people of different races should not be kept from marrying, as marriage is a fundamental right, and should not have laws confining it based purely on race.
In 1957, four out of five US citizens believed choosing to stay single was “sick, neurotic, or immoral.” Interracial marriage was still mostly socially unacceptable, but marriage was beginning to be the only option for young people.
Although California had banned racially prejudice marriage, the rest of the country did not follow their lead until almost 20 years later, thanks to the Loving v. Virginia case. Richard and Mildred Loving, a European-American man and African-American woman, were arrested the night of their honeymoon. The charge was “violating the ban on marriage for interracial couples” ("A Historical Look at Marriage.") Racial hygiene laws were still quite common in Virginia, along with 15 other states. By 1976 however, the Supreme Court had ruled these laws unconstitutional, according to the 14th Amendment, which says that no American

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