All this is banned in just Leviticus:
Failing to include salt in offerings to G-d (2:13)
Eating fat (3:17)
Touching an unclean animal (5:2)
Bringing unauthorised fire before G-d (10:1)
Letting your hair become unkempt (10:6)
Drinking alcohol in holy places (10:9) (communion?)
Going to church within 33 days after giving birth to a boy (12:4)
Going to church within 66 days after giving birth to a girl (12:5)
Mixing fabrics in clothing (19:19)
Trimming your beard (19:27)
Entering a place where there’s a dead body as a priest (21:11)
The Bible is a great story, just wish people would actually read it and understand its not exactly the most LITERAL thing out there.
I have no problems with Christians, i was raised that way. But morals are morals, and i dont think wearing socks (mixed fabric, cotton lycra blends) is amoral.
I think all people should be treated the same. I'd much prefer to see two men or two woman married and happy, then to see all the traditional male/female marriages where people are miserable.
And the problem with the term marriage is the same as alot of modern day products (non-Americans might not get these).
Do you ask for a facial tissue? Or for a Kleenex?
Do you ask for a photocopy or for a Xerox?
Do you ask for pan spray or for Pam?
The term has been used for so long that its just there. We use it because we know what it is. If i were to elope, its still a marriage, not a civil union.
People have a tendency to get caught up by words without looking at the real issue. Marriage should be a state thing, not a church thing. If you get married in a church, on a boat at sea, or at a courthouse, we consider it to be a valid thing. And if a ship captain can marry you, its passed outside of being a religious institute (barring the odd priest boat captain).
All the paperwork is filed with... wait for it...
That makes it state, not church, and church and state should always be separate.