I've seen a few things lampooning John Boswell's interpretation of adelphopoiesis as a quasi civil union between men. However, I've not seen much on his side other than it being used by Christian gay ...
Today "marriage" generally appears to be elevated over civil unions and other partnership relationships, has this been consistent throughout Church history? Marriage appears to be about much more ...
Since priests were not originally expected to be celibate, many must have been married when celibacy was first introduced. So what happened to the wives during this time when the institution started? ...