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▪ Ancient cultures, such as ancient Greeks and Romans, (3.) wives were forced to stay at home taking care of children and home while husbands engaged in sexual activities with prostitutes.
Marriage, what role did organized religion play?
Christian doctrine relegated role of woman as that of a servant to her husband. Women were forbidden to divorce and men were considered head and boss of family. Raping your wife was frowned upon but legal.
Fortunately, modern marriage has evolved to be a much more civilized institution in most cultures. The cultures where religion plays a major role in government, plight of married woman is very disturbing.
In recent months, institution of marriage is being challenged by those seeking same sex marriages. The opponents of gay marriage say roots of heterosexual marriage are a sacred ritual between a man and a women.
After examining origins and history of heterosexual marriage, it can be argued that because women in free societies are no longer considered property, institution of marriage should be abolished and replaced with a civil union for all.
So let us all shout: Marriage, you are weakest evolutionary link, Goodbye!
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