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Monday, May 17, 2004 New words for new times
When words like marriage become debased (and thus meaningless as we see today in Massachusetts, people generally coin a new word or phrase.
I expect that in the future starting with the evangelical Christian denominations, we will be hearing new terms to describe the marriages that they perform. Perhaps something along the lines of Christian Union, or One Flesh Theogamy (who knows?).
The Christians will simply have to do what they did 2000 years ago in distinguishing the characteristics of their marriages as opposed to those of the pagans. They willnot be able to ask for State sanctions, protections, or privileges, but some of the luster of marriage as a public vow, procreative function, and communal matter might be restored.
Eventually the new pagans may even begin asking to vow in the elevated and noble manner with which Christians do. But it may be awhile for that.
As it stands, the churches (all of them) are going to have to opt out of legal State regulated marriages, and sanctifying marriages alone without any legal machinery beyond their own church laws and ordinances.
Mmm, how about Viruxoral marriage? Husband/wife marriage in Latin.
If any should doubt that marriage is now meaningless read about the first "couple" in Mass. to tie the knot (Via The Corner NRO):
Yarbrough, a part-time bartender who plans to wear leather pants, tuxedo shirt, and leather vest during the half-hour ceremony, has gotten hitched to Rogahn, a retired school superintendent, first in a civil commitment in Minnesota, then in Canada, and now in Massachusetts, the first U.S. state to recognize gay marriage.posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:14 PM |