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Catholics And Protestants, Doctrines Clash On Gay Marriage

Gay marriage separates the two major Christian communities that dominate Germany. But what does the Bible really say about homosexuality?

German Evangelical Church Bishop Frank Otfried
German Evangelical Church Bishop Frank Otfried
Matthias Drobinski

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MUNICH — Gay marriage is bad. Pope Francis recently confirmed this in his "Amoris Laetitia" text, which is ironically about "The Joy of Love." He rhapsodizes about tenderness and a "healthy sexuality," recommending couples "begin each day with a kiss." But when it comes to homosexual relationships, the pontiff is clear: "There is no reason for seeing any analogies between homosexual relationships and God's plan concerning marriage and the family, not even in the broadest sense." Period. Amen.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

A couple holding hands after marriage

Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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