Marriage: The evolution of a word
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Marriage is an idea that dates back to ancient Greece, when it was coined by a Greek philosopher called Democritus.
Marriage was originally a union between a man and a woman, but this was changed in the third century B.C. by the Greek philosopher Polybius, who suggested that marriage was between two persons of the same sex.
The word was still used in Greece until the 17th century, when the English philosopher John Locke coined the term “sexuality” to refer to the act of sex between men and women.
The first recorded use of the word “marry” in English, dating back to 1718, is in a 1727 letter to the Duke of Buckingham.
In 1737, Samuel Johnson, the author of The Age of Reason, wrote that “to have sex with a man is to have sex, but to have sexual intercourse with a woman is to be married.”
He went on to say that sex was a necessary part of marriage, and that men should marry women.
Today, it is used by the average American in the same way that it was used in the 18th century.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines “marriage” as “a union between two or more persons of opposite sex.”
According to the latest estimates, about 4.5 million Americans are married to a same-sex couple, and an estimated 8.3 million people are gay or lesbian.
The United States is home to more than 6.4 million same-gender couples, according to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and about 5.4 percent of Americans are gay.
“Marriage is a term that was created for people who wanted to be able to be together and to have the rights and protections that society is supposed to provide,” said Emily Korn, the executive director of the National Organization for Marriage.
“It was created in order to ensure that we had equal rights to have our marriages recognized and to be treated as partners in the legal union.”
In 2009, a majority of Americans supported a constitutional amendment to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a woman and a man.
That year, the Pew Research Center reported that more than half of Americans support same- gender couples being able to marry.
However, a new poll from the Pew pollsters found that just 40 percent of respondents would support a constitutional ban on same- sex marriage, which would still allow same- genders to marry under certain circumstances.
The Pew poll was conducted by telephone from October 8 to October 10, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
Marriage is not just a political issue, but also an economic one.
While the U.S. economy has grown by more than 7 percent over the past four years, the U,S.
Census Bureau says that only 8.2 percent of American workers are working full time and nearly 20 percent of workers are receiving benefits such as unemployment insurance, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That’s because fewer than half (48.7 percent) of all full-time workers are married, according Pew.
A large portion of the jobs lost over the last several decades have been in retail and hospitality, where workers have increasingly moved to lower-paying service industries.
The Census Bureau predicts that the number of Americans without a job will continue to increase, with nearly 17 million people not in the labor force.
Marriage also has a social dimension.
According to Pew, about 1 in 6 adults who are married have children.
And while the number and type of weddings have changed, the majority of people who get married have not changed their lifestyle.
“When we’re talking about marriage, it’s not just about what’s going on inside of a marriage, but what’s happening in society, what people are doing in their everyday lives,” said Korn.
“We’re all going to be living in a world that’s much more egalitarian than we’ve ever seen.”
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