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Marriage (also called "HOLY matrimony"), was instituted by God as a religious ceremony between a man and a woman, not human beings of the same sex. The very first marriage ever recorded was in the Book of Genesis in the Garden of Eden. Marriage is, and always has been, a RELIGIOUS ceremony. The government did not invent it to keep track of property.

Scripture places tremendous emphasis on the sanctity of marriage. God gives us four reasons for this creation right up front, also in the book of Genesis.

1. "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth." God needed the world to be populated, and the best way to fulfill His plan was through marriage.

2. "And subdue it and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." In other words, man is to be in partnership with his wife in managing the earth and caring for the environment.

3. "Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.'" Humankind's deep need for companionship is another reason God established marriage (but again, between a man and a woman).

4. That's not all. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, be joined to his WIFE, and the two shall become one flesh." God declares that a couple's bodies are for the joy of their mate, an act that defines marriage as a special relationship. Again, marriage is between a man and a woman.

God makes it clear from the very beginning that marriage is integral to His perfect plan. That's why He demands that marriage be treated as the sacred treasure that it is.

The whole gay marriage issue isn't about love, it's about gays wanting the same benefits and property rights that married men and women have. It's about finances, not love.


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