Al Franken Fact Checks Grassley on History of Marriage

During a Senate Committee meetings today regarding the repeal of DOMA, Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa expressed that DOMA should not be repealed because, “For thousands of years, across all cultures and nations, marriage was exclusively a heterosexual institution.”

Citing great respect for Grassley, Al Franken countered him and said,

“I just believe you misstated the history of marriage. Marriage has not existed as a union between one man and one woman for thousands of years in every culture. In many cultures, men have been able to marry many women and young girls. For centuries, women have been treated as cattle in marriage. Further, if the religious purpose for marriage is procreation, why would we sanction marriage between an 89 year-old widower and an 80 year-old widow? I just think we need to be accurate when we talk about the history of man and woman, the history of our institutions.”

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