First mention: “sanctity of marriage”
August 18, 2010
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First mention in the New York Times of the expression “sanctity of marriage.”
We cannot be silent on those laws of your country which, in direct contravention of God’s own law, ‘instituted in the time of man’s innocency,’ deny, in effect, to the slave the sanctity of marriage, with all its joys, rights and obligations.
New York Times, December 15, 1852, Page 1.
This is contra a claim in “Traditional Marriage Perverts the Tradition of Marriage,” that the phrase was invented in 2004. I notice that a commenter also notes a book by this title in 1896.
(This is just a counter to this particular claim, not the overall argument presented there).