1) The formal recognition of the fact that people want to be with each other, in a romantic manner.
2) (in some cultures) the formal recognition of the fact that people's parents want their children to be with each other, in a romantic manner.
3) (among many conservatives) Some unspecified thing that's between a man and a woman. (They keep insisting on this definition to the exclusion of others.)
4) (among many liberals) Some unspecified thing that's between two people, not necessarily a man and a woman.
5) An excuse for politics.
If marriage is between a man and a woman, can someone please tell me who the man is and who the woman is? I'd like to see it. For all we know, it may be some creature that looks like a giraffe.
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