Signs for MARRIAGE

Definition: The legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship.

Related signs: LOVE, WEDDING, PROPOSAL, HUSBAND, WIFE,ANNIVERSARY.

Opposite: DIVORCE

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Marriage / AGB
Artist: unknown

Did you know that the prominent proponent of oralism and inventor of telephone Alexander G. Bell has been disgraced by Deaf people who consider AGB an eugenicist?

"In 1884, Bell published a paper 'Upon the Formation of a Deaf Variety of the Human Race,' in which he warned of a 'great calamity' facing the nation: deaf people were forming clubs, socializing with one another and, consequently, marrying other deaf people." ...

"Some eugenicists called for legislation outlawing intermarriage by deaf people, but Bell rejected such a ban as impractical. Instead he proposed the following steps: '(1) Determine the causes that promote intermarriages among the deaf and dumb; and (2) remove them.' The causes he sought to remove were sign language, deaf teachers, and residential schools. His solution was the creation of special day schools taught by hearing teachers who would enforce a ban on sign language." Source: Through Deaf Eyes.

To this day, the AGB organization still practices this concept. The practice violates United Nations human rights.

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