Marriage

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Marriage

A legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.
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The impact of developing Christian doctrine on marriage was slow in reaching Sweden and pre-Christian traditions of secular marriage were retained for centuries.
It's actually a bit of a shock to read the secular marriage statutes of the various states and see the long list of religious clergy noted in the statutes as authorized to perform the civil action of solemnizing a marriage.