- Jun 11, 2009
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"So did marriages between people of the same sex." - Critical Thought
I love that I scare you so much that the best you can do is type "boring" to my every post. How boring do you find this? It's from the Yale Law article.
Further evidence of same-sex relationships may be found in Mesopotamian
statutes, which have been preserved, escaping the fate of the
lost Egyptian laws. None of Mesopotamia's early legal codes-the
Laws of Urukagina (2375 B.C.), the Laws of Ur-Nammu (2100 B.C.),
the Laws of Eshnunna (1750 B.C.), the Laws of Hammurabi (1726
B.C.), and the Hittite Laws (circa 800 B.C.)-prohibited or disapproved
of same-sex relationships, 59 even though sex and marriage
were otherwise heavily regulated. Indeed, the Hittite Laws can be
read to suggest that same-sex marriage was legally as well as culturally
sanctioned in at least some parts of ancient Mesopotamia.
The consensus among modem historians is that republican Rome,
like classical Greece, was tolerant of same-sex relationships. 87 Moreover,
the Romans may have accorded some same-sex unions the legal
or cultural status of marriages. To take one early example, Cicero,
the great Roman lawyer and orator, persuaded Curio the Elder to
honor the debts that Curio's son had incurred on behalf of Antonius,
to whom the son was, in Cicero's words, "united in a stable and permanent
marriage, just as if he had given him a matron's stola."8 8 Cicero's legalistic advice suggests that same-sex relationships were not
only socially accepted among at least some segments of Roman society,
but that they also potentially carried with them legal obligations
and consequences, and hence were marriages as I am using the term.
Records describing Roman social customs during the imperial
period survive in far greater number, at least in part because many, if
not most, of the emperors enjoyed well-documented relationshipssome
of them legally sanctioned marriages-with other men. The evidence
suggests that during the same general time frame when companionate
long-term marriages were being institutionalized for
different-sex couples, 9 they were likewise becoming more common
for same-sex couples, who were entering into relationships akin to
those discussed in Plato's Symposium.
I hope I'm not boring you too much. Proving you wrong over and over and over is never boring to me.