Religion and Gay Marriage (x)
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There were 11th century same-sex “brother-making” rites which were basically same-sex marriages. The Catholic rite was called the Ordo ad fratres faciendum.
And 4th century Saints Sergius and Bacchus are a well-known same-sex coupling united through the rite of Adelphopoiesis. Again, it was essentially same-sex marriage.
The Orthodox Church isn’t terribly keen on this interpretation these days, but the historical evidence is pretty solid. It is basically contested on the grounds of “Eww gay people, yucky!” I mean that literally. I had a debate with a very learned Antiochian Orthodox person and that was the heart of her argument.
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