The Passing of Antonin Scalia

We are saddened to learn of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (March 11, 1936—February 13, 2016). The following are taken from comments from his associates on the United States Supreme Court:

Justice Stephen G. Breyer:

Nino Scalia was a legal titan. He used his great energy, fine mind, and stylistic genius to further the rule of law as he saw it. He was man of integrity and wit. His interests were wide ranging as was his knowledge about law, this Nation and its Constitution. He loved his family. He also loved ideas, music, and the out of doors. . . . Our hearts go out to Maureen and his family. We have lost a fine colleague and a very good friend. . . .

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired):

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia. Nino was a tireless public servant who left an indelible mark on the Court and on our jurisprudence. His gifts of wisdom, wit, and wordsmithing were unparalleled, and he will be sorely missed.

Justice John Paul Stevens (Retired):

Nino Scalia was a good friend, a brilliant man with an incomparable sense of humor, and as articulate as any Justice who ever served on the Court.

Justice Anthony Kennedy:

In years to come any history of the Supreme Court will, and must, recount the wisdom, scholarship, and technical brilliance that Justice Scalia brought to the Court. His insistence on demanding standards shaped the work of the Court in its private discussions, its oral arguments, and its written opinions. . . .

As one of the Four who Opposed the Obergefell v. Hodges Decision

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said:

So it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree [mid-2015 ruling] says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.

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Adahmeve and “Same Sex Marriage”

Legal “marriage” between a man and another man, or between a woman and another woman—that is irrelevant. “Adahmeve,” although holding no legal standing from any government authority, refers specifically to marriage between a man and a woman, pointing only to that husband-wife relationship.

Farewell to an International Master

I was sad to learn, from the Feb-2016 issue of Chess Life, of the passing of IM Kim Commons, who was originally from Southern California. He died in Arizona on June 23, 2015, at the age of 63, after a major stroke.

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The New Word “Adahmeve”

Now, how dearly we need the word adahmeve! The Supreme Court of the United States has just ruled that same-gender persons can obtain a marriage license anywhere in the country. With that ruling, those five justices have altered our language, divorcing the word marriage from those who have honored the husband-wife relationship. That divorce has been forced upon us, especially repugnant to those who cherish that relationship. If we do nothing, no longer will we have a word for that union of a man and a woman.

This couple was admeved in the Los Angeles Temple (LDS), with a reception in Long Beach, in 1978

What does it mean, the word adahmeve? Marriage between a man and a woman. It carries no government authority, but this relationship has carried civilizations throughout history. It gives no special tax advantage, but its fruit, human life, has given us the only source for taxation: people. It no longer appears to be respected by many Americans, but its highest achievements have created Americans who have been respected for generations.

What can you do? Use the word when you refer to a husband-wife marriage. Say “adahmeve” out loud. It is now the only word we have specifically for that relationship.

Here is the pronunciation of the verb form (We used to say “marry”:

admeve

Here is the adjective (We used to say marital):

admevial

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The Husband-Wife Relationship

It seems hardly anyone noticed that the legalization of “same sex” marriage would take away from society the word that was specific to husband-wife. That adulteration of the word has already begun, and just when we most needed to support traditional marriage.

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Bible Verses and “Adahmeve”

Marriage is between a man and a woman—that concept is taken for granted by those who were inspired to write the Bible. Take the following Biblical quotations that have the modern word-substitutions (like adahmeve and admeve) for traditional marriage, first from the New Testament:

John 2:1

And the third day there was an adahmeve in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there . . .

I Corinthians 7:28

But and if thou admeve, thou hast not sinned.

I Timothy 5:14

I will therefore that the younger women admeve, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Hebrews 13:4

Adahmeve is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

Now let’s look at the Old Testament, with words like marriage updated:

Genesis 19:14

And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which admeved his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city.

Genesis 35:9

. . . make ye adahmeves with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.

Genesis 38:8

And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy [deceased] brother’s wife [widow], and admeve her, and raise up seed to thy brother.

Before leaving Genesis, consider why the word marriage is found so infrequently there, in the King James Bible. Instead of using that word, a phrase like “took to wife” is used for the concept of adahmeve. It’s the same for other Old Testament books as well. The idea of a formal husband/wife (male-female) relationship is understood, in that an explanation was not considered necessary.

Let’s look at some of those Old Testament scriptures in which the concept is understood but the word marriage is absent.

Genesis 2:24

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Genesis 4:25

And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed . . .

Genesis 6:18 (Flood of Noah)

But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

Genesis 11:29

And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran . . .

I Samuel 2:20

And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home.

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Noah, his sons, and their wivesGod provided traditional marriage (adahmeve) for Noah’s family

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Adahmeve Marriage

Adahmeve is the traditional marriage of male and female as husband  and wife, the natural and formal union . . .

Adahmeve—the husband-wife relationship

The word “adahmeve,” pronounced uh-‘dah-meev, is the noun, with “admeve” the verb and “admeved” the adjective.

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Adahmeve and “Same Sex Marriage”

An admeved couple, after many years of adahmeve

I just noticed a definition of “marriage” on dictionary.reference.com; it begins:

(broadly) any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially . . .

What happened to the simple definition? Consider the following:

The formal union of a man and a woman as husband and wife

Everybody recognizes that traditional marriage relationship, but what word do we now have, in the English language, for that relationship? Adahmeve.

Legal “marriage” between a man and another man, or between a woman and another woman—that is irrelevant. “Adahmeve,” although holding no legal standing from any government authority, refers specifically to marriage between a man and a woman, pointing only to that husband-wife relationship.

When before, in human history, has any government forced a vocabulary change as dramatic as that of eliminating the long-standing definition of a word so basic to society? What word, in all societies of the planet, has been more important, to the existence of human societies, than the word “marriage?” Why has the meaning been changed? The principle is unchangeable: Adahmeve (marriage between a man and a woman) often makes possible the creation of human life.

Religious Significance of Adahmeve

What major religion in the world does not recognize the importance of traditional marriage, what we now call “adameve?” It is the foundation of all major long-term societies, with the destruction of societies normally following the abandonment of respect for the husband-wife relationship.

The gate is narrow and the road is straight, for those who would approach God, according to Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament. When the subject of divorce came up, the Savior told the people that in the beginning (meaning with Adam and Eve, as a married couple) God did not provide divorce. The Divine plan was for a man and a woman, after becoming married, to remain close without any permanent separation.

Of course that requires working out differences together in marriage. God does not promise anything will be easy in this mortal life. But as we follow the Divine plan, we can experience joys that are worth the difficulties that we encounter on the way. “Same sex marriage” is contrary to Divine law and God’s purposes for his children. If a person does not presently have the natural feelings necessary for traditional marriage, that person can exercise faith in God and be patient, waiting for the redemption that will come, whether in this life or in the next.

Before God, Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

What the Supreme Court probably failed to realize is this: With so many groups and portions of so many societies redefining “marriage,” what word will we have for the husband-wife relationship?

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Adahmeve – the Husband-Wife Relationship

The word “adahmeve” allows us to refer to the husband-wife marriage in one word. The word “marriage” is becoming polluted by the alternate meaning of same-sex government-authorized unions, a relationship contrary to the order of God.

It seems hardly anyone noticed that the legalization of “same sex” marriage would take away from society the word that was specific to husband-wife. That adulteration of the word has already begun, and just when we most needed to support traditional marriage.

The word “adahmeve,” pronounced uh-‘dah-meev, is the noun, with “admeve” the verb and “admeved” the adjective. “Admeved” is also the past tense of the verb. Consider this example of using these words; I refer to my own life.

I admeved my wife in 1978, in the Los Angeles Temple. Our oldest daughter entered into adahmeve with her husband in the Salt Lake Temple. Our other two daughters decided to admeve their husbands in the Los Angeles Temple.

Here is the translation from the older usage of “marriage:”

  • marriage [noun] – adahmeve [sounding: uh-‘dah-meev]
  • marry [verb, present tense] – admeve [sounding: uhd-‘meev]
  • married [verb, past tense] – admeved [uhd-‘meevd]
  • married [adjective] – admeved  ” “
  • marital [adjective] – admevial [uhd-‘meev-ee-ul]

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This couple was admeved in the Los Angeles Temple (LDS), with a reception in Long Beach, in 1978

Marriage union of a man and a woman: adahmeve

The word comes from the English names of our first parents in the Garden of Eve, according to Genesis in the Bible: Adam and Eve.

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Before God, Marriage is Still Man + Woman

The United States Supreme Court’s June 26th decision concerning Proposition 8 in California changed nothing about right and wrong, about what is and is not marriage before God. With a vote of five-to-four, the Supreme Court voted to avoid making any decision on Proposition 8. Those five decided that the supporters who had come before them were not qualified to represent the defense of that proposition.

I agree with the statement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens.

What the Supreme Court probably failed to realize is this: With so many groups and portions of so many societies redefining “marriage,” what word will we have for the husband-wife relationship? Is that foundational relationship not worthy of a name? Far be it! We will need to find another name that designates the formal union between a man and a woman.

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