Is that the world according to RedHorseRidge?
No, that's the world according to history
... you know, that stuff that existed before
religion and the catholic church... Did you even read my post?
Marriage only "recently" (in historical terms) became a holy sacrament. Marriages were being performed long before the church became involved in 13th century. And even after that, many groups rejected the notion of marriage and church being "joined"... even the Puritans passed an act of parliament in the 1700s making marriage purely secular... they believed marriage was a contract between two people which had nothing to do with the church. And believe it or not, there are still people today who don't believe marriage has to be blessed by the church.
Marriage can be recognized by more than just a religion; it can be recognized by a state, a tribal group, a community, etc. Just because many catholics and other Americans consider marriage a holy union does not make it a religious institution... it may be to them, but that doesn't make it a religious institution by law.
Marriage in the US is a government institution void of any religious affiliation; one does not have be religious to get married or have a marriage recognized by the state or federal government.
In addition to Catholics, many other millions of Americans consider marriage a holy union and thus a religious institution.
Well, yippee skippee for them... that doesn't mean squat in regards to what I posted. Use some logic here Face (I know you have that ability). Civil and religious marriage are NOT the same thing, and our government recognizes civil marriages.... it's just that some of them are performed in a church and also recognized by that religion as a religious marriage.
I hope it is not history that you teach...
Snide remarks again? Well, based on your response, I'd sure as heck do a better job than you, as you apparently don't understand there was history before the catholic church.