From what I have read in the Bible (I am going though a chapter a day now, so I am not all the way through), I have not seen the word "marriage" defined per se. I see many men having sex outside of marriage, such as Abraham lying with Hagar when Sarah could not conceive, resulting in Ishmael, who was told he would father a great nation. God must be OK with that type of sex outside of marriage. Or how about Abraham's grandson Jacob who had 13 kids with 4 different women, two of them his wives and two their handmaidens (i.e., slaves)? Sounds like God was totally fine with that as well. I prefer that we define marriage, especially CIVIL (i.e state licensed) marriage, using a different litmus test than the Bible. If you want to define marriage for your own religious group in a different way- fine. If you want to tell me that a same sex marriage keeps me out of your church -- fine. However, you do NOT get to tell my church or synagogue how to define marriage and I CERTAINLY hope you are going to get a talking to at the pearly gates for your presumption to speak for God on who or what He hates and loves.
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