There’s been a lot of talk about marriage lately, so I figured it would be nice to have a little refreshing on the history of this particular institution. Here MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell with a bit of perspective:
Or, for those of you who prefer nifty graphics:
Of course, the point isn’t that all of these types of unions are wrong, such as with polygamy and even incest*. It’s just dishonest to claim that the current societally accepted definition of marriage, be it five years old or five thousand, is the only one that has ever existed and can ever be applied to everyone, everywhere.
Edit (05/11/12 9:14 PM ET) – The original transcript mistakenly spelled Stephanie Coontz’s name “Koontz”. Fixed. (via Rob F)