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Social and Political Reactions to Mormon Polygamy

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of a few odd Christian religions. Many of its practices have created much persecution and political reaction, polygamy being one of these. It created much social and political persecution of the Mormons. Most of this persecution had come from anti-polygamist Christians. This is ironic because the anti-polygamists believed in the Bible, but not polygamy, one of its teachings. Many of Gods righteous followers in the Old Testament practiced polygamy. Abraham married Hagar, Sarais handmaiden (Genesis 16:1-3). Jacob was married to…

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A Marriage of Cultures

My husband, Tyme, and I met on Saint Patrick’s Day in 2001. We were on a camping trip in a town called Carrolton, Georgia, which is walking distance from the Alabama state line. Although the sun was shining, it was cold enough outside to need layers of clothing just to stay comfortable. My friends and I decided to build a fire in the pit of our campsite to warm ourselves, and to boil some water for tea. We were sitting around the fire and chatting when a man walked up…

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Wife Abuse

Many different forms of violence exist with each having adverse effects on its victims. Almost everyone has been exposed to violence whether it has been through the media, walking down the street, or experiencing it personally. The type of violence that so many are exposed to through society is not that of the private sphere, but the public sphere of violence. Society teaches our children that walking alone at night is not safe and not to talk to strangers. Society also tells women not to go out alone and not…

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Husband Battering: A Serious Problem

Billboards, radio, and TVads across the country proclaim that every fifteen seconds a women is beatenby a man. Violence against women is clearly a problem of national importance,but has anyone ever asked how often men are beaten by women? The unfortunatefact is that men are the victims of domestic violence at least as often aswomen are. While the very idea of men being beaten by their wives runs contraryto many of our deeply ingrained beliefs about men and women, female violenceagainst men is a well-documented phenomenon almost completely ignored by…

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Transformation of Marriage

The marriage revolution has been a controversial issue since the dawn of time, and all that are and have been involved with “matrimony” are aware of the issues of the future. There can be no denying that the culture of marriage has changed. This very course is itself a great example of this fact. Much like any other sociological subject of any real concern, there are many “opinions” related to this issue. This paper will attempt to highlight marriage seen as the sociological transformation, marital erosion versus evolution, and why…

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The rights of De Facto Relationships in Australia

“Marriage involves a number of legal rights and duties. If a man and woman live together as husband and wife but are not legally married, the legal consequences may be different from those arising from a legal marriage. ” (www. liv. asn. au) The length of a de facto relationship can help to decide wills, intestacy, property settlements and maintenance after the breakdown of a relationship or the death of a partner. The nature of their assets and how those assets were acquired will help to determine property settlements. The…

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Same Sex Marriage in the US

The argument over the legalization of same sex marriages is rapidly becoming one of the most vigorously advocated reform subjects in recent law review. Being gay and loving someone is not illegal, but uniting that couple in a legal marriage is rejected by most of society in this country. Each state has had to deal with legal issues concerning same sex marriages to some extent. Most supporters of the ban on gay marriages believe that it would be a strong cause of immorality and corruption of the American family. People…

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Living Together Before Marriage

As the rate of divorce soars and as increasing numbers of marriages disintegrate, living together has become the popular alternative to many people in north America. Expersts estimate that “roughly 2. 2 million people are currently sharing bed and board in a live-in arrangement, this is approximately 1% of the total population. “(“Family. ” Comptoms Encyclopedia. 1992 ed. ) Living together, more formally known as non marital cohabitation, is an emerging lifestyle. In fact, “More than one fourth of all unmarried couples living together in the early 1980’s were between…

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