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  1. Introduction
  2. The first explorations of marriage
  3. The dawn of Christianity
  4. Marriage as the oldest form of birth control
  5. The sanctions forced upon marriage by the Church
  6. Scientific connections between marriage and the survival of the society
  7. Conclusion
  8. Work cited

Homosexuals are not a recent plague, their fight for marriage not a new phenomenon. Gay couples have been seeking this right since the day straight couples were guaranteed it. But the times have changed, and the debate over the issue is no longer unequal; in its continuous strive to assert homosexual marriage as the end of the world, the institute of marriage itself has, in theory, asserted most marriages as evil. Marriage has never been a private matter. As a right sanctioned by the state, it is inseparable from politics. It is a tool applied toward the benefit of society. While the meaning behind a marriage may be important to the individuals, both the meaning and the individuals themselves are not in the eyes of society. What is important is the reason for that marriage, the reason determined by those on the outside of the union. Individual reasons like love and the consummation of that love fall at the feet of social reasons, reasons that change as often as religion and psychology. However, what never seems to change is the exclusion of homosexuals from this global plan. Homosexual marriage cannot fulfill the requirements that have appeared and faded through the centuries; to allow it is to allow marriage for the benefit of the individuals alone. And therein lies the sin; marriage for the sake of marriage itself, existing as nothing more than the greatest of proofs of the greatest of loves. Marriage has become a means to an end, a means that has grown more vitally important with each passing year, and the threat of homosexual marriage is the threat of marriage as an end in itself.

[...] The hardship of maintaining secret affairs and a public marriage were too much, and although amore praised the pursuit of love at the cost of society, it has become quite obvious that such a sacrifice is too much for the average person. With the steady decline of Christian influence, the necessity of marriage needed to found proof in something factual; indisputable knowledge that crossed the borders of religion and morality. The family turned to science to measure its own worth. [...]

[...] use of the sexual function has its true meaning and moral rectitude only in true marriage,? and homosexuals, unable to contribute anything save ?serious errors and widespread aberrant modes of behavior,? are required to seek a life or celibacy (Vatican 292). It is the social duty of homosexuals to live unhappily, to never feel the pleasure of sex, to realize their own inadequate contributions to the betterment of the world. The necessity of marriage as a means to founding God's power is evident in the Vatican's recent decision to declare only the lifestyle of homosexuality sinful. [...]

[...] What he did not realize was that the individual needed to be erased from marriage, that marriage as an institution needed to become an institution working for the better good. To embark on Diotima's ladder was a choice; if one did not desire wisdom, one could clutch Eros to his heart and think no more about it. With the dawning of Christianity, however, such a choice was no longer offered. Marriage had one purpose and one purpose only: God's purpose. [...]

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