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Argument: Vows are about love, not reproduction; gays qualify

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The traditional Medieval Christian ceremony, commences with the officiant performing the ceremony asking a couple to join hands before asking each, groom first, the following question:

"[Name], do you take [Name] to be your wedded [husband/wife] to live together in marriage. Do you promise to love, comfort, honor and keep [him/her] For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. And forsaking all others, be faithful only to [him/her] so long as you both shall live?"

The Standard Civil Ceremony is very similar except that the bride and groom make statements for themselves rather than answering questions. They do this as follows:

"[Name], I take you to be my lawfully wedded [husband/wife]. Before these witnesses I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live. I take you, with all of your faults and strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and will turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life."

In both cases, we see that the emphasis is squarely on commitment and love, and has nothing to do with reproduction and starting a family. On this core, clearly gays qualify for marriage, because they can love and commit do commit to each other. -- Brooks Lindsay (Talk) 12:46, 3 March 2010 (EST)

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