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Saint Valentine was a priest or bishop with the Church during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius thought soldiers fought better if they did not have wife's and children so he forbid marriage. He then had Valentine jailed for defying him when Valentine ignored the law and continued to perform marriages in secret. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.

Actually, it was against Roman law to draft married men into the army so Claudis II Gothicus made it illegal to marry.

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