Re "Let marriage be religious" (Letters, March 28): Regarding Bill Jurkovich's letter, the institution of marriage was never religious to begin with. Marriage was an institution that men used to exert their misogyny over women whom they claimed as their property, in addition to acquiring influential in-laws, forging political alliances, hoarding wealth, and expanding a family's labor force.
In an interesting side note, early Christianity was actually hostile to the notion of marriage, believing that marriage and family were distractions from the path to salvation; celibacy and remaining single were the ideal. What marriage has been since the beginning was a civil union that was made between families, not the government, and certainly not the church until after the Middle Ages.
-- Elizabeth Rowell, Sacramento