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Bah, science

This shouldn’t come as any big surprise, but the world’s largest anthropological society says that civilization does not in fact depend on limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

The results of more than a century of anthropological research on households, kinship relationships, and families, across cultures and through time, provide no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.

The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association strongly opposes a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

So maybe we can drop that line of attack on gay marriage? Nah, didn’t think so.

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  1. Well, I think you’ll find they’re just flat-out wrong:

    Archeologists tell us that when explorers come across remote tribes and villages that have had little or no contact with the ‘outside world,’ they discover the traditional definition of marriage intact. Nowhere does ‘marriage’ equal three women, for example, or four men and four kids. Instead, remarkably, remote explorers find marriages that look very familiar — with many of the same types of benefits and failings*.

    I mean, seriously, who are you going to believe? The American Anthropological Association, or unnamed archaelogists? Come on. Clearly, this is still an unresolved issue.

    * – It’s unclear from the article whether the notion of a married woman being the property of her spouse is a benefit or failing.

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