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  • All societies have regulated the relations between men and woman for the creation of a unit for the birth, care, socialisation and upbringing of childrenThere are variations – can be polygamous – 1 man and several women. Very very rarely the other way round. Also group marriage unheard of.
  • All societies have regulated the relations between men and woman for the creation of a unit for the birth, care, socialisation and upbringing of childrenThere are variations – can be polygamous – 1 man and several women. Very very rarely the other way round. Also group marriage unheard of. Consummation or consummation of a marriage, in many traditions and statutes of civil or religious law, is the first (or first officially credited) act of sexual intercourse between two people, either following their marriage to each other or after a prolonged sexual attraction. Its legal significance arises from theories of marriage as having the purpose of producing legally recognized descendants of the partners, or of providing sanction to their sexual acts together, or both, and amounts to treating a marriage ceremony as falling short of completing the creation of the state of being married. Thus in some Western traditions, a marriage is not considered a binding contract until and unless it has been consummated.These formal and literal usages support the informal and less precise usage of the word "consummation" to refer to a sexual landmark in relationships of varying intensity and duration.Within the Roman Catholic Church, a marriage that has not yet been consummated, regardless of the reason for non-consummation, can be dissolved by the pope. Additionally, an inability or an intentional refusal to consummate the marriage is probable grounds for an annulment. Catholic canon law defines a marriage as consummated when the "spouses have performed between themselves in a human fashion a conjugal act which is suitable in itself for the procreation of offspring, to which marriage is ordered by its nature and by which the spouses become one flesh."[2] Thus some theologiansstate that intercourse with contraception does not consummate a marriage.[3]Under section 12 of the English Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, a refusal or inability to consummate a marriage can be grounds for the marriage to be voided.The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill introduced into the UK parliament in 2013 specifically excluded non-consummation as a ground for the annulment of a same-sex marriage.[5]
  • All societies have regulated the relations between men and woman for the creation of a unit for the birth, care, socialisation and upbringing of childrenThere are variations – can be polygamous – 1 man and several women. Very very rarely the other way round. Also group marriage unheard of.
  • All societies have regulated the relations between men and woman for the creation of a unit for the birth, care, socialisation and upbringing of childrenThere are variations – can be polygamous – 1 man and several women. Very very rarely the other way round. Also group marriage unheard of.
  • All societies have regulated the relations between men and woman for the creation of a unit for the birth, care, socialisation and upbringing of childrenThere are variations – can be polygamous – 1 man and several women. Very very rarely the other way round. Also group marriage unheard of.
  • All societies have regulated the relations between men and woman for the creation of a unit for the birth, care, socialisation and upbringing of childrenThere are variations – can be polygamous – 1 man and several women. Very very rarely the other way round. Also group marriage unheard of.
  • Is putting one’s sexual organ (penis) in another’s bum a sexual relationship?
  • Gay marriage means homosexuals will be able to easily avoid inheritance tax
  • Does the state have the right or authority to regulate the moral teachings and rituals of churches and other religions (other than the Church of England)
  • Does the state have the right or authority to regulate the moral teachings and rituals of churches and other religions (other than the Church of England)

Some issues around homosexual marriage Presentation Transcript

  • 1. What is marriage? A socially recognised lifelong union between a manand a woman All societies have marriage Form varies – monogamy to polygamy but it is alwaysbetween different sexes All religions support marriage They create rituals to formalise marriage andtheologically invest it with meaning and standards toprotect it such as rules against adultery As it is a social institution government does not havethe authority to radically change it. Only to support it
  • 2. What is marriage? A socially recognised lifelong union between a man anda woman for Conjugal love Different to other forms of love Union at every level Sexual love is at the heart of marriage Consummation of marriage defined as union of sexualorgans of the husband and wife Adultery defined as having sexual relationship with aperson one is not married to
  • 3. What is marriage? A socially recognised lifelong union between a manand a woman for Conjugal love Companionship Friendship, partners, create a home
  • 4. What is marriage? A socially recognised lifelong union between a manand a woman for Conjugal love Companionship Mutual support Love, care, look after, encourage
  • 5. What is marriage? A socially recognised lifelong union between a manand a woman for Conjugal love Companionship Mutual support Procreation Conceiving and giving birth to children Creates life Creates a lineage
  • 6. What is marriage? A socially recognised lifelong union between a manand a woman for Conjugal love Companionship Mutual support Procreation Upbringing of children Education, socialisation of the next generation
  • 7. Upbringing of children? Statistically the best outcomes for children occurwhen they are brought up in a family headed by ahusband and wife that are also their father andmother
  • 8. What about homosexual“marriage”? Traditional understanding of marriage includes unionof the sexual organs of a man and woman How does this work for homosexuals? Can’t have a definition of marriage that fits bothhetero- and homo- sexuals So the notion of non-consummation as grounds forannulment removed from 2013 Act Traditional marriage for procreation Homosexuals cannot procreate
  • 9. Why not other relationships? Traditional marriage involves a sexual relationshipbetween a man and woman If definition changed and no sexual consummation andno possibility of procreation necessary: Why shouldn’t two sisters be married? Or a brother and sister who don’t have a sexualrelationship? Or parent and child who don’t have a sexual relationship? Or any two (or more) random individuals who don’t have asexual relationship but can enjoy the financial benefits thatcome from marriage such as avoidance of inheritance tax? Or polygamy?
  • 10. Implications Homosexuals can never get married as the word willno longer have the same meaning as it had before Therefore marriage as it has traditionally beenunderstood will no longer exist So no one can get married anymore
  • 11. Suggestion Keep marriage for relationship between a man andwoman Create a different legal institution with a differentname for homosexuals with similar legal rights andtax status
  • 12. Religious implications ofhomosexual “marriage” What to do about religions that regard homosexuality asa sin or unnatural? Ban them from teaching their beliefs so as not to causeoffence? Demand they change their moral teachings? Does the government have the right or authority to regulatethe moral teachings and rituals of churches and otherreligions (other than the Church of England)
  • 13. Religious implications ofhomosexual “marriage” What to do about religions that regard homosexuality asa sin or unnatural? Ban them from teaching their beliefs? Demand they change their moral teachings? Force them to marry homosexuals? Ban teachers from teaching the beliefs of religions? Churches that refuse to marry homosexuals will beaccused of discrimination under equality legislation andprosecuted
  • 14. Conclusion This legislation by redefining marriage effectivelyabolishes marriage as traditionally understood. Homosexual “marriage” will lead to the loss ofreligious freedom Homosexuals who wish to make a specialcommitment to each other can do so under the civilpartnership legislation We need to revive marriage and bring up ourchildren to aspire to it