I was at a family get together this weekend and the discussion of re-marriage came up. One oppinion was that a marriage license has absolutly nothing to do with love or two people commiting to each other. That it is nothing more than a government contract that only comes into play for benifits and when a divorce happens. The other side was that people were meant to be married and that it is a must however they could not quote any specific reasons it's "a must". All this got me thinking and wondering about this question. Could YOU love, live with, commit yourself to and be happy forever without ever getting legally married or would that bother you?
The subject of marriage and whether or not the formal officialization has any purpose is periodically discussed in these forums in more than one place...and when people say that it is "just" a ritual or piece of paper (with or without the practical effects mentioned), I think that something is forgotten about - Marriage isn't always useless or pointless, because for some, the point is to show that you are willing to "get married" as a way to prove your feelings or committment. Of course, it can be said that if you really have that true connection, then you wouldn't have to prove anything or show some concrete way in which you invest and committ yourself to another. But that's not necessarily the same discussion.