Marriage - to do or not to do.

South Africa
November 9, 2009 12:11pm CST
Do you think that marriage in today's society is a necessity? Is living together in a committed relationship enough or does that walk down the aisle make a world of difference?
8 responses
• India
9 Nov 09
it doesn't make much of difference when its for two of you if you are too committed ,but it definitely makes a difference when it comes to societal acceptance and your legal rights.so why not have a marriage instead to avoid complications when you are that committed.
• South Africa
9 Nov 09
Why is it that it makes such a difference to societal acceptance and legal rights though - that's really not fair! Thanks for the response.
• United States
9 Nov 09
This is a real sticky situation that will be based on peoples religious beliefs or moral upbringing. As for me, I would say that two people living in a committed relationship is just as well if not better than two people that get married for the sake of being married. But for insurance reasons I know that the legal bind that marriage creates means a world of difference. Both sides of this can be debated with good reason.
• South Africa
9 Nov 09
Many people that I have asked this question of seem to feel that there is no real committment without that legal bind. Do you think that all the legality makes the committment any stronger?
@swetashah (346)
• United States
20 Jun 10
I could absolutely eliminate the whole ceremony thing altogether in an economic way. I won't mind to have a simple marriage, just to exchange our wedding rings, and kiss the bride and groom. Nothing flashy, but we just announced ourselves married, that is all.
• United States
9 Nov 09
I would not say that there is more committment with the legalization, if anything I would have to debate the other side of that situation. I would say that two people wishing to live in a committed relationship are more bound by their love than a two people with a marriage certificate. My reasoning for this is that in the start both relationships are based on love and committment. But as time goes on and situations change the couple that are together in the committed relationship are there because they wish to be not because there is a piece of paper that says they are suppose to be. In the perfect world everyone would find the person that they not only would want to be in a committed relationship with but would also wish to marry. As a realist, I know that this does not always happen so I would hope that each and everyone that reads this finds the right person that they wish to commit their life to.
• United States
9 Nov 09
In all actuality it shouldn't mean anything at all and it shouldn't be necessary but in fact due to today's laws it is necessary for a couple to get married. When you think about it once you get that contact you are guaranteed so many more benefits that regular couples don't have - its the reason why homosexuals are pushing for at least civil unions since without it they'll never reap the rewards.
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
I wanna get married. That's one of my biggest dream. But, it takes more years for me since i'm still 16. Lol xD I wanna get married when I'm 25+
@elrener (112)
• Sweden
9 Nov 09
Well i think marriage i still cute :D but i guess it differs to people from people. http://elrener.blogspot.com/
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
9 Nov 09
Marriage is more of a legalization thing; for one person to have rights over the other. It does not guarantee forever nor does it means that your commitment is sealed because you can easily get a divorce later on. For me the difference comes from a legal aspect. Otherwise, I wouldn't need a piece of paper to tell the world that I want to spend the rest of my life with one guy.