The Prehistory of Prop 8 | Psychology Today

As these representative examples clearly show, many qualities typically considered essential components of marriage in the contemporary western usage are anything but universal: sexual exclusivity, property exchange, paternal responsibility, the intention to stay together through thick (much less thin), even that the two partners are of different biological sexes — none of these are expected in many of the relationships considered to be marriage in cultures around the world.

And let’s not forget that the history of *all* “religions of the book” includes religiously-sanctioned polgyny.

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