Saint Valentine is a martyred saint who lived in the late 3rd century.
Originally, zealous priests had designated the day to honor the saint in hopes to "abolish the heathen's lewd superstitious custom of boys drawing the names of girls, in honor of their goddess Februata Juno. Of the numerous legends involving Saint Valentine, one states that the saint was jailed (and eventually, beheaded) not only for refusing to renounce his faith, but also for continually marrying young Christian couples, even though the Roman emperor strictly forbade the practice (based on his personal religious beliefs).
Can you imagine a government that forbids couples from marrying based on the religious beliefs of governmental leaders? A government that forbids these marriages and legal actions are taken to eliminate the practice?
Gosh we sure have come along way huh?