"I can sanctify your union in the eyes of the Lords— but not in the eyes of the Colonial Navy."

- Captain G. Diomed Karthasi, ThD.

Weddings and Secular Law

A wedding by an annointed priest may be enough for some people, but always remember that a military's lifeblood is its paperwork, and that there are secular paperworks which need to be tended to for the marriage to be legally recognized by the military/the government.

A typical marriage certificate requires the signatures of the bride, groom, priest (or secular official presiding), two witnesses, and likely at least three other people in the great chain of bureaucracy.

Weddings - Basic Procedure

The basis of the marriage rite is a purchase— the exchange of a bride-price brought to the altar in return for a bride, given to the groom for the begetting of legitimate children. Marriage is the sacred domain of Hera, but other deities and heroes may be invoked according to the couple's wishes.

A large wedding would include a feast shared in the temple/near the altar between the two families of the bride and groom, cementing or re-cementing the bonds of familial relationship between the two families over the breaking of bread and a large, lavish barbecue. The bride's family would hand over the bride to the groom at the end of the ceremony, and the two would leave together. In some more conservative regions, the guests would all stay until the bride and groom returned with proof of the marriage's consummation and the bride's virginity in the form of bloodied bedsheets.

The bride-price went into the coffers of the temple. The priest/temple is not otherwise compensated— the bride price was generally considered at least partially the payment for the use of the space/for the priest's time.

The bride-price, however, was also an important sign of the man's readiness to support a wife. On poorer colonies, long engagements were common, during which the young man in question would sweat long hours to try to accumulate a suitable bride-price for his beloved. On wealthier colonies, big families would compete for headlines, paying bride-prices of millions upon millions of cubits. On more forward-looking, egalitarian colonies, brides and grooms would combine resources for a bride-price. In more deeply fundamentalist areas, the bride-price was considered proof that the wife was the property of the husband.

Weddings & Homosexuality

While heterosexual unions are the domain of Hera, homosexual ones are the domain of Zeus (who often prefers his lover, Ganymede, to his wife Hera), and can be sanctified in a specialized rite of xenia between the two. Technically this bond is closer than one of marriage. It's not a blood crime to kill a wife or husband of the opposite gender, but it is one for one of the two partners in this arrangement to kill the other. Since there isn't the serious business of procreation to attend to, however, the process of divorce between two homosexual partners isn't as frowned upon as it is between a husband and wife of the more traditional variety.

Aphrodite is associated mostly with pre-marital attraction between men and women. At marriage, Aphrodite yields to Hera. However, this is not the case in homosexual relationships, where the Goddess of Laughter is said to come into her own after the union instead of before.

The greatest romantic relationships in scripture are all homosexual. Achilles and Patroclus are considered the two souls most devoted to one another in the extant texts.

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