Thursday, October 16, 2008

Religious Freedom Doesn't Mean the Right to Dictate to Others

2 comments:

Roger Bell said...

Well said. Marriage was just becoming a civil institution during the late English colonial period. I think that government should get out of the marriage business altogether.

I argue that civil marriage itself was, in its historical origins, a patriarchal invention to protect men's rights to their property, which then included their wives and children. Many traditional wedding vows support that concept.

Libertine said...

Nearly all wedding customs are riddled with patriarchy:

1. The woman losing her surname at marriage
2. Wearing white to signify virginity
3. "Giving the bride away"
4. The groom waiting at the altar, while her father escorts her to her soon to be husband
5. The man asking the bride's father for permission to marry her.

I could go on.