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  •  Here is the other kicker, the Bible does not (6+ / 0-)

    proscribe to the notion of one man and one woman.  Polygamy was common in the Bible, so much for using it to justify our notion of "traditional" marriage.

    •  that reminds me, what was jesus' problem? (1+ / 0-)
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      he was way past marrying age, the age when he should have been procreating up a storm if...uh-oh

      Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

      by memofromturner on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:42:59 AM PDT

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    •  And I think (although I never have tried it) (4+ / 0-)

      that polyandry might be the way to go. You know - one husband for fixing things, one for making money and one for loving! And you know that combination in one person might be really really hard to find!

      American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

      by glitterscale on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:44:23 AM PDT

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    •  The peasantry was very glad (1+ / 0-)
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      the Count in Marriage of Figaro renounced his marriage night right to test out the bride.

      The opera was the first of three collaborations between Mozart and Da Ponte; their later collaborations were Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte. It was Mozart who originally selected Beaumarchais's play and brought it to Da Ponte, who turned it into a libretto in six weeks, rewriting it in poetic Italian and removing all of the original's political references. In particular, Da Ponte replaced Figaro's climactic speech against inherited nobility with an equally angry aria against unfaithful wives.[2] Contrary to the popular myth, the libretto was approved by the Emperor, Joseph II, before any music was written by Mozart.[3]

      The Imperial Italian opera company paid Mozart 450 florins for the work;[4] this was three times his (low) salary for a year, when he had worked as a court musician in Salzburg.[5] Da Ponte was paid 200 florins.[4]

      The transport of syphilis to Europe probably led to need to eliminate the right of the nobility to enjoy the new brides.

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