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MARRIAGE: Traditions evolve with passage of time

Letter by Anders C. Ibsen, Tacoma on Aug. 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm | 20 Comments »
August 15, 2012 2:23 pm

For those concerned about the end of “traditional” marriage by allowing gays and lesbians the right to marry, why don’t we consider other marital traditions we have ended?

In biblical times, it was routine for rulers like King Solomon to marry hundreds of women and have a harem of concubines as well. Should we bring back polygamy?

For most of our country’s history, women were considered the property of their husbands, and people of different races weren’t allowed to marry. Should we bring back coverture and miscegenation to honor those centuries-old “traditions”?

Or should we get real and recognize that it’s perfectly normal for traditions to evolve with time in response to changing realities?

As a happily married straight man, I can assure you that my marriage is in no way threatened by my gay and lesbian friends having the same right to affirm their relationship as I do.

(Ibsen is a Tacoma City Council member.)

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