Historical Precedent for Gay Civil Unions

Filed in Gather Family Essential by on August 26, 2007 0 Comments

The September issue of the Journal of Modern History features an article positing gay civil unions may have existed six centuries ago in France.  The piece reviews a range of historical evidence such as documents and gravesites to conclude that “affrèrement,” a contract originally created to keep lands within a single family when there where multiple sons, was also used, openly, as a form of gay civil union.  Similar contractual statueses existed throughout the Mediterranean at that time.

The anti gay marriage crowd, will, I’m sure, continue to call me a sinner (among other, less polite things, no doubt), but if they have any sense it’s now time to stop using history to justify their hostility and fear.


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