Dating relationship origins

29 Nov

In fact, the majority of cultures surveyed by anthropologists have accepted same-sex relationships under certain circumstances.

In ancient Greece, such relationships were regarded as purer and deeper than heterosexual bonds.

A protester in New York City after the recent passage of Proposition 8 in California, limiting the marriage rights of same-sex couples in that state.

Same sex couples across the country and around the world are asking for the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

But the of same-sex relationships envisioned by most gays and lesbians who seek to wed is indeed unprecedented.

It was common throughout ancient India, the Middle East, Africa, China, and many kingdoms in South America.

The upper classes in several regions of what is now Europe also practiced it prior to the 7th century.

A more recent study of almost 400 societies, which excluded smaller and less well-known samples, found that 60 percent of these contained significant numbers of polygynous marriages.

The Greek philosopher Plato declared that love was a wonderful emotion, leading men to behave in honorable ways.

But, he quickly explained, he was referring not to the love of women, "such as the meaner men feel," but to the love of a man for another man.