At the time of this writing, news came that a Proposition was voted on in California stating that legal marriage consisted only of the union of "one man with ONE woman" - thus illegitimatizing same-same "marriage" or "civil" sexual unions.
Personally, I hope the new President who a slight majority of actual voters elected in 2008 (and I am not referring to the ridiculously-misproportioned "electoral votes" aberration) never signs a federal proposition like that into national law, being that the proposition (as precisely stated) would disallow harem polygamy so frequently found within the Old Testament of patriarchs God never condemned as sinners deserving hellfire for being as polygamous as they were. Even Saint Paul, in this epistles to Timothy and Titus, forbid polygamy exclusively for bishops, elders, and deacons and not others....even though Christ alluded to marriage parables and so forth as mutually monogamous relationships from the beginning.
Which gets us into the subject of erotic-body ownership.
When we sell our house, that house becomes home to a new owner, who can do as he or she wants with it and enforce no-trespassing ordinances against all previous owners. Similarly, the keys for door locks and ignition of a vehicle who sells a car are handed over to the one who buys it, with the understanding that the previous owner no longer has a right to get into and drive the sold vehicle in possession of the new owner. Obama will not let Bush rule from the White House anymore.
The same thing applies to previous sexual owners of human bodies with erotic privacy and possession rights:
Proverbs 6:25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
26 for a harlot may be hired for a loaf of bread, but an adulteress stalks a man's very life.
27 Can a man carry fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk upon hot coals and his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.
30 Do not men despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry?
31 And if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery has no sense; he who does it destroys himself.
33 Wounds and dishonor will he get, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation, nor be appeased though you multiply gifts.
Jeremiah 3:1 "If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the harlot with many lovers; and would you return to me? says the LORD.
Hosea 3:3 And I said to her, "You must dwell as mine for many days; you shall not play the harlot, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you."
Matthew 5:32 But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Romans 7:3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
First Corinthians 7:39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.
First Timothy 5:11 But refuse to enrol younger-women widows; for when they grow wanton against Christ they desire to marry,
First Timothy 5:12 and so they incur condemnation for having violated their first pledge.
Many of us, I would guess, have had non-marital sexual contacts of various types and to varying degrees with members of the opposite gender, and so have quite a few "skeletons in our closets" and loose ends never resolved in terms of culminated and/or continued partial and temporary erotic relationships with those people. In one sense, then, we still feel somewhat obligated to such partial sexual owners of our bodies....so much so that if they ever requested some limited or complete sexual union again we would seriously consider the option of complying as much as we could under our new and now-more-restricted circumstances.
But sociological and familial relationships of VD-free fidelity, security, and stability are clearly not based on sexual-relationships confusion. Not merely legal, but emotional and psychological disruption, disappointment, disloyalty, and worse would result in temporarily-renewed sexual relationships with previous pimps, paramours, prostitutes, harlots, masseuses, escorts, erotic friends, and sexual companions identififed with any concocted name:
Leviticus 18:20 And you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor's wife, and defile yourself with her.
Leviticus 18:23 And you shall not lie with any beast and defile yourself with it, neither shall any woman give herself to a beast to lie with it: it is perversion.
Leviticus 19:29 "Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry and the land become full of wickedness.
Leviticus 21:7 They shall not marry a harlot or a woman who has been defiled; neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband; for the priest is holy to his God.
Leviticus 21:9 And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.
Leviticus 21:14 A widow, or one divorced, or a woman who has been defiled, or a harlot, these he shall not marry; but he shall take to wife a virgin of his own people,
Deuteronomy 22:21 then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has wrought folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father's house; so you shall purge the evil from the midst of you.
Deuteronomy 23:18 You shall not bring the hire of a harlot, or the wages of a dog, into the house of the LORD your God in payment for any vow; for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God.
Judges 11:1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a harlot. Gilead was the father of Jephthah.
Judges 16:1 Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a harlot, and he went in to her.
Proverbs 5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely hind, a graceful doe. Let her affection fill you at all times with delight, be infatuated always with her love.
20 Why should you be infatuated, my son, with a loose woman and embrace the bosom of an adventuress?
21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and he watches all his paths.
22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is caught in the toils of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is lost.
Proverbs 23:27 For a harlot is a deep pit; an adventuress is a narrow well.
Ezekiel 16:15 "But you trusted in your beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown, and lavished your harlotries on any passer-by.
Ezekiel 16:31 building your vaulted chamber at the head of every street, and making your lofty place in every square. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned hire.
Ezekiel 16:32 Adulterous wife, who receives strangers instead of her husband!
Ezekiel 16:34 So you were different from other women in your harlotries: none solicited you to play the harlot; and you gave hire, while no hire was given to you; therefore you were different.
Ezekiel 23:3 they played the harlot in Egypt; they played the harlot in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and their virgin nipples squeezed.
So much for religious-heretics-alleged mere "symbolic, metaphoric," or "allegorical" reference to "idolatry" apart from the obvious sexual aspect of the Scriptural wording!
Some insights from the Lord Himself will help:
Mark 7:21 (paraphrased somewhat) For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, [massage and harlot] fornication, theft, murder, adultery,
22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, [live-person and graphic-image mopheaded, sleeveslessly naked-arms, slackslessly nude-legged, soxlessly-sandal-footed] [pornographic] licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."
Some insights from the Lord through Saint Paul in First Corinthians chapter 7 will further help:
1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote. It is well for a man not to touch a woman.
2 But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
4 For the wife does not rule over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does not rule over his own body, but the wife does.
5 Do not refuse one another except perhaps by agreement for a season, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, lest Satan tempt you through lack of self-control.
8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do.
9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.
10 To the married I give charge, not I but the Lord, that the wife should not separate from her husband
11 (but if she does, let her remain single or else be reconciled to her husband) --and that the husband should not divorce his wife.
12 To the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her.
13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is they are holy.
15 But if the unbelieving partner desires to separate, let it be so; in such a case the brother or sister is not bound. For God has called us to peace.