Let’s start with the notion of “traditional marriage.”
I have heard that “traditional marriage” was what Proposition 8 was defending, but just when do you mean?
If you mean “traditional Biblical,” look to 3,000 years go, when King David and King Solomon married many women, had many more concubines, and all this was within the scope of traditional “Biblical” marriage.
If you mean “traditional Christian,” look to 2,000 years ago, when Jesus healed the “body servant” of a Roman Centurion. That was no mere domestic, but a young man (possibly selected by the Centurion’s wife) who provided sexual services to the Centurion when deployed together on long campaigns. Jesus knew what the relationship was, but chose to comment positively on the Centurion’s faith and devotion rather than the peculiar (to His and to our modern sensibilities) expression of the Centurion’s marriage.
One thousand years ago, marriage among the aristocracy was arranged for alliances, and men kept mistresses for love and fun.
One hundred years ago, marriage was common, divorce nearly unknown.
Today, divorce is common, perhaps more so than the “traditional” marriages that stick it out, no matter what.
My point is that marriage has changed with the times, and no single “traditional” model has existed through history.
We must restore the recent change to the model in California that included the marriage of same-sex couples.
by Thom McCombs via Vallejo Times Herald: Strike Down Proposition 8