Oh NOM. . .really? Alright, in this particular video which the National Organization for Marriage put up on their website, Alan Keyes gives a long, rambling and inaccurate assessment about marriage. You can hear him say several times that marriage has always existed for in order to bolster the obligations of procreation- throughout the world and throughout civilization.
NOM is trying to use this in a way to say that President Barack Obama was “exposed to a cogent argument on behalf of marriage at least once: in a debate with Alan Keyes in 2004.” They note that the video has been viewed some 250,000 times- which is peanuts, honestly.
Here is the thing. Marriage was created for two reasons- the first was to regulate property rights, and the second was to regulate sex. The regulation of property rights far predates the regulation of sex, incidentally. Nor is the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman universal.
Marriage laws among Greeks and Romanswere created to ensure that the child of the man’s wife was his own. This allowed not only his family name, but his property to be passed down. Marriage laws among the Celts- and there are three formal marriages- actually have nothing to do with procreation, per se, but rather have to do with who is the head of the household, and what the inferior partner or spouse must do in order to balance out their obligations to the household. There are six other marriage laws, but they have to do with the obligations that a man must fulfill if he should get a woman pregnant outside of a formal marriage.
The Celtic Senchus Mor- or the law codes handed down to the Celts by the Goddess Brigid- make no mention of gender other than in terms of obligations to make the marriage balanced. The Greeks recorded several instances of same-sex households as well.
It is only among the Christians of about AD500 that any real importance is put on the obligation of procreation in marriage, and the debate among the early Church elders included those who felt that marriage should not be given any religious credence at all, and those who argued that marriage should be allowed because people were going to have sex anyway, why not sanctify it. Furthermore, many of the early Church elders did not bother with defining marriage as being between a man and a woman, but married all sexes.
In fact, one passage of the Bible may actually indicate Christ giving his blessing to a same-sex couple, but that is open to debate.