Is arranged marriage an insult to the very nature of marriage

March 30, 2007 8:17pm CST
Is arranged marriage an insult to the very nature of marriage, which should be about creating a loving and lasting partnership and family. Arranged marriages do involve choice. The difference is merely that whole families are involved together in both considering the best options and in helping to achieve what is wanted.
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@juliefaye (1214)
• Philippines
31 Mar 07
I should say you're right. Marriage should be the choice of a couple who are in love with each other. However, there are culture or religious beliefs that are to be followed. I understand that in India they do arrange marriage and sometimes there is this dowry. We have different cultures and sometimes its a must to follow these.
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• United States
31 Mar 07
My gut instinct is to say yes it is an insult. My logical side tells me no. Parents sometimes do know what is best for their children. Two strangers can grow to love one another over time and learn that they depend on each other just like two people getting married. Over time arranged marriages end up just like other marriages, the couples fight, make up and learn to work through their problems with rational discussions. The only element missing is the dating ritual and chosing your own mate.
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