What is 'marriage ' according to you?
November 19, 2006 6:51am CST
Some people say,marriage is an unique relation between two persons,binding them with love,companionship,sharing and true happiness. What isyour opinion?
19 Nov 06
A marriage is a relationship between or a man and a woman, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. The fact that marriage often has the dual nature of a binding legal contract plus a moral promise can make it difficult to characterize. A married couple can be called each other's spouses, and spousal is used as a legal term for the marital relation. A royal married couple are consorts. In one form or another, marriage is found in virtually every society. The very oldest records that refer to it speak of it as an established custom. Purposes of marriage include security (derived from the solemn commitment to longevity in the relationship), companionship, procreation, child education and development, economic collaboration, and social stability. It aids in providing identity and is often the means by which surnames or family names are carried forward. In Western societies, marriage has traditionally been understood as a monogamous union, while in other parts of the world polygamy has been a common form of marriage. Usually this has taken the form of polygyny (a man having several wives) but a very few societies have permitted polyandry (a woman having several husbands).