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The pros and cons of marriage?

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Purpose of marriage: Is it valuable?

Pro

  • Marriage allows a community to celebrate a couple's love. When two individuals love on another, it is important that they be able to include their friends, family, and larger community in a celebration of that love. This helps solidify the love two individuals have for one another in the larger context of their relationship to their community. And, it allows the community to celebrate and feel good about one of life's most important objectives - to love and be loved.

Con

  • It is fallacious to presume that marriage as an institution is what provides a stable home environment for a child. What is most important is the relationship between the two parents and their attitudes and relationships individually and together with the child. This is completely uncorrelated with marriage. What’s more a stable co-habitation situation is far better for a child than an unhappy marriage. The heartache, pain, stress and psychological disturbance of a child when their parents break up is not due to the breakdown of marriage but the breakdown of a relationship.

Importance: Is marriage still important in our society, or has it become obsolete?

Pro

  • Marriage is still important in society as a rational view of what a loving committed relationship actually is: if love is so transient in society it is important to have a foundation to hold couples together to realise that friendship, support, trust and commitment are more important. We cannot encourage couples to live a more relaxed relationship when as parents they are responsible for a child’s welfare.
  • Marriage as a religious institution still retains its validity in a country whose main state religion is Christianity. For atheists, marriage need not represent religious bonding, but may still be a socially recognised approval and public avowal of love and commitment.

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