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When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite 
11th-Dec-2009 10:47 am
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Contrary to myth, Christianity's concept of marriage has not been set in stone since the days of Christ, but has constantly evolved as a concept and ritual. Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the "Office of Same-Sex Union" (10th and 11th century), and the "Order for Uniting Two Men" (11th and 12th century).

These church rites had all the symbols of a heterosexual marriage: the whole community gathered in a church, a blessing of the couple before the altar was conducted with their right hands joined, holy vows were exchanged, a priest officiatied in the taking of the Eucharist and a wedding feast for the guests was celebrated afterwards. These elements all appear in contemporary illustrations of the holy union of the Byzantine Warrior-Emperor, Basil the First (867-886 CE) and his companion John.

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30th-Dec-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. I've been trying to make the point that the early churches had no issues with marriage equality for a long time now, but could never find the sources to back the argument up. Now I have them!
4th-Jan-2013 03:52 am (UTC)
This article as well as the evidence it is based on is false... Here is a link explaining everything. Please take a minute to read and watch the video.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/was-same-sex-marriage-a-christian-rite
30th-Jan-2014 12:44 am (UTC)
The original article was actually written by me in the Irish Times in the mid 1990s, as the commissioning editor, Patsy McGarry, can confirm.
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