What's the provenance of "one man and one woman" to describe marriage?
October 6, 2010 7:27 PM Subscribe
Was describing marriage as "one man and one woman" in common use before the rise of same-sex marriage advocacy?
posted by 0xFCAF to Society & Culture (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been to some religious weddings (i.e. in churches) over the past few years. Some of the sermons were totally explicit - something like "Some people these days *sneer* want to change the definition of marriage, but we know God made marriage between one man and one woman!". But others have been more subtle - "Isn't it great that God made this institution, marriage, so that one man and one woman could be made one together?"
This got me wondering if "one man and one woman" has been used to describe marriage before the rising popularity of supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples. Is it just a standard phrase, or should I interpret its use in this context to be a dog whistle?