• Quote Unquote: The History of Marriage

    Sen. Al Franken in response to Sen. Chuck Grassley's testimony against the Respect for Marriage Act (not to be confused with the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Respect for Marriage Act is seeking to repeal)…

    "I just believe you misstated the history of marriage. Marriage has not existed as a union between one man and one woman for thousands of years in every culture. In many cultures, men have been able to marry many women and even young girls. For centuries, women were treated as chattel in marriage. Further, if the religious purpose for marriage is procreation, why would we sanction marriage between an 89 year-old widower and an 80 year-old widow? I just think we need to be accurate when we talk about the history of man and woman and the history of our institutions."

    "So, essentially this means that the Respect for Marriage Act is an attempt by the liberals to take away an elderly person's right to get married." — Guy Who Purposefully Misunderstands Easy-to-Grasp Concepts


    Tags: Al Franken, Chuck Grassley, DOMA, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Quote Unquote, Senate

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