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“Traditional marriage between a man and a woman has been a cornerstone of our society for generations. If we are going to change that, it ought to be done by the will of the people.” -Steve Chabot-

Most would agree that the very idea of marriage has gone on forever, but were does the term not the idea of marriage come from. Specifically what are the most accurate origination and first definition of the term “marriage”.  It is quite easy to provide biblical quotes to define marriage because the bible was translated from Greek and Hebrew. So if you can tie the word marriage back to the Greek and/or Hebrew languages this would be considered as a viable answer since it comes from the biblical text. In an era of political correctness both proponents for the traditional-view of marriage and those who want a more progressive defining of the term use the “Bible” as their defense. Those who hold that marriage is between and a man and a woman quickly quote book, chapter and verse while those who oppose the traditional definition in favor of same-sex or multiple partner marriages scream that marriage has nothing to do with Bible and therefore its defining should not come from biblical text.

The word ‘marriage’ originates from around 1297, from the Old French word mariage, from Vulgar Latin *maritaticum, from Latin maritatus, pp. of maritatre “to wed, marry, give in marriage”. This does not mean that the concept was not in existence prior to that. Whatever it was called in the Bible, the word ‘marriage’ was not used. Remember that the Bible was translated using the available language of the time. Genesis 2:24 is frequently quoted as “God’s plan” for marriage to the exclusion of all other family /marriage types:

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

You might notice that the word ‘marriage’ is not used but rather the idea of marriage between a man and a woman is instituted. “Prior to 1545, Christian marriages in Europe were by mutual consent, declaration of intention to marry and upon the subsequent physical union of the parties. The couple would promise verbally to each other that they would be married to each other; the presence of a priest or witnesses was not required. This promise was known as the “verbum.” If made in the present tense (e.g., “I marry you”), it was unquestionably binding; if made in the future tense (“I will marry you”), it would constitute a betrothal. But if the couple proceeded to have sexual relations, the union was a marriage.”  

Since c.1400, the word has been applied figuratively to any close union or blending of any two things.The word dates to c.1300 and is from the Anglo-Norman mariage. Ultimately it is from the classical Latin verb maritare, to marry, used to refer to people, animals, and the crossing of grapes in viticulture and the nouns maritus/marita, husband/wife it is not used as maritus/maritus or marita/marita. In  1297, from O.Fr. marier, from L. maritare “to wed, marry, give in marriage,” from maritus “married man, husband,” of uncertain origin, perhaps ult. from “provided with a *mari,” a young woman, from PIE base *meri- “young wife,” akin to *meryo- “young man” (cf. Skt. marya- “young man, suitor”). Said from 1530 of the priest, etc., who performs the rite.

The problem does not exist in defining “MARRIAGE” for that is clearly defined in most cultures and has been so for many centuries. The problem is the attempts to redefine the word. It is not enough that groups want to hijack a word this has been clearly done throughout the years. In the 1960’s those who consumed marijuana took a simple word like “grass” and used it to define a product whereby they became intoxicated. More recently the homosexual community has taken the word “gay” as a self-identifying expression Gay-originally used to refer to feelings of being “carefree”, “happy”, or “bright and showy. Now they don’t just want to hijack the word marriage they want to change the very essence and idea of MARRIAGE.

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