All around us people, places, and common beliefs are continuing to evolve and expand. The number of options available in lifestyle and creed are unlike any to be had in the past, and society has become more prone to accepting radical ideas for change. Even a powerful institution such has marriage, which was once considered holy and undeviating, has taken a rather avant-garde approach to the future. The effect, while generally positive, can be seen in such critical aspects of life as social tolerance, church, and the family.
There are many obvious changes in the social archetype that is marriage. Seen throughout the past as a union between man and woman, same-sex marriages have only just been recognized in our culture. There are a number of people who enthusiastically support this idea. To them, marriage is not necessarily ?the ceremony, act, or contract by which a man and woman become husband and wife? as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary. Their idea expands to the greater thought of a true and complete love, no matter the sex of the individuals. This sentiment has yet to touch marriage laws, however, as only Vermont will legislatively acknowledge this love. .
Society?s equal acceptance also has yet to come. Many people adhere to the idea that the dictionary definition portrays - that wedlock should be between a man and a woman. These people by and large support this definition with the moral teachings of the Holy Bible. As in the Bible it states, ?That?s why man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person (Genesis 2.24).? We are consistently taught to believe this in hopes of keeping a moral constant. At a time when only the most natural things occurred to people, and other options seemed more inconceivable than deplorable. However, as we continue to boast of our evolution, we should further accept these now feasible choices, and embrace the free will and love that God has graced us with.