Definition of marriage

August 22, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More

When social conservatives smugly lecture the rest of us on the definition of marriage, they tend to leave out “marriage,” as it has existed in the many cultures described by Christopher Ryan at Psychology Today.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Mike baker says:

    I always find it interesting that many of the same people who wish to define marriage with-in the confines of their religious views are also the same ones who so easily walk away from it.

    "before God and these witnesses…Will you love her/him, comfort and keep her/him, and forsaking all other remain true to him/her as long as you both shall live?"

    And these are the folks who would presume to tell everyone else how to live their lives?

    It's called hypocrisy. perhaps the most defining thing about religion there is.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Mike: I think that this hypocrisy is almost as bad in politics, and I see it to be a sharp conflict between the temptation to think self-critically and the social pressure to be loyal to one's group by conforming.

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