Animals cannot consent to marriage. Yet there are animals that do mate for life. Are we to take that as a religious/Biblical edict? I think not. Well, maybe they have been reading the Bible and we are just not aware of it.<quoted text>
Why is it that the religious zealots cannot understand the concept of consent?
Animals cannot consent to marriage.
Children are not mature enough to consent to marriage.
It doesn't hurt anyone for two gay consenting adults to get married.
It would be a lot more honest for the religious fundies to just admit they don't want gay marriage simply because of their religious indoctrination, and not because of any logical reason.
Seriously though. From my studies of the Bible there is no Biblical requirement for marriage.
Is marriage a spiritual uniting of two people? Absolutely yes. That's the entire purpose for faith based marriages. To go beyond the business aspect of marriage. Thus the purpose of '[to take] in sickness AND health, for richer OR poorer, for better OR worse, till death us do part'. Of which those vows can not be found anywhere in the Bible. If marriage was solely and intended to be only a religious union it would seem they would be found there. And the definition of what love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says nothing about it being between man and woman.
I am not trying to demean religious based marriage. However there is NOWHERE in the Bible that makes marriage obligatory in the legality sense. That is what is found in the law pertaining to marriage.