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A Challenge to the Definition
of Marriage

This is a question that is on a lot of people’s mind recently, as gay and lesbian couples have been demanding the right to marry, if they choose. Marriage as an institution has been a part of North American society for generations.

Some form of marriage exists in all societies, which would tend to make one think that there is something about this institution that satisfies a need that is common to all people. A basic part of the definition of marriage for all previous societies is that the partners be of the opposite gender.

A Question of Equality Rights

Some people in favor of changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples will argue that this is simply a matter of basic equality rights under the law. They seek to be treated in just the same manner under the law as heterosexual couples in that they would like to see their unions affirmed and valued by the rest of society.

In the European Union the definition of marriage has been changed to include same-sex couples and this has been seen as part of the progression of anti-discriminationary laws passed over the last twenty years.

The definition of marriage is now in those countries a commitment between two persons. It could be argued that other types of relationships would fit this criteria, whether they actually included sexual intimacy or not.

A Stable and Committed Relationship

It can be argued that the best way in which to raise children is by two parents who are both married to and committed to each other. In the past, there was no question that marriage was an exclusive, permanent union between one man and one woman.

For Christians, especially, marriage is seen to be more than a contract between two adults. It is also a covenant and as such is seen to be something that cannot be dissolved like a business relationship.

For most people there is nothing that will forfill us and change us like a successful marriage.


This is an attempt to promote stability in society. They feel that marriage provides a deeper commitment than mere cohabitation. The Capacity to Procreate The potential for having children is also a part of traditional marriage. With advancements in modern technology, it is certainly possible for same-sex couples to either become biological parents to a child or to adopt children. It is believed that children benefit from being raised by the two people who created them and that this is an important part of the child’s identity.

Steps to Get Married

An Institution Designed to Protect the Vulnerable Marriage was regulated in law as a means of protecting women and children, who would be left at a disadvantage if the marriage broke down. Entering into the institution of marriage brought with it certain rights and responsibilities, which made it different from other types of relationships in society.

Legal Options

A separate opposite-sex definition of marriage could be adopted. This would allow jurisdictions to continue to recognize traditional marriage but allow gay and lesbian couples to have a permanent legal relationship. The two institutions would exist side-by-side with each other.

Another option, which is well established in Europe, would be to adopt a brand new definition of marriage as being the union of two persons, regardless of gender.

This definition would remove the idea of procreation as being an integral part of marriage. Still a third option to change the definition of marriage would be to replace marriage with a sort of civil registry for what would be known as domestic relationships. Marriage would then be relegated to religious institutions only.

Only time will tell if the definition of marriage as we know it will change, and if these changes will be for the better.

It's Your Wedding - Your Way!

If you are planning a wedding in the near future, you may want to incorporate the advice of this article, to get the wedding just right. There are themes, speeches, and even professional services that could be needed and you want to be sure to have the whole day planned perfectly.

Choose catering with an ethnic theme to spice up your reception! Steak or chicken are over-served and boring, so why not include a variety of food in your food choices? Variety is the spice of life and it is sure to make your wedding dinner something to remember!

You Don't HAVE to Spend to Get Married if you Don't want to!

Plan a zero cost wedding! Marital bliss is not about how much you spend on a wedding. Indeed, the more you spend the more likely your marriage will falter under economic demise! Marry in clothes that you already have or perhaps buy a used gown. Make your bouquet with wild flowers. It's the meaning that is important, not the price tag.

Planning Events in the Church

One of the things that you can do to show the support that you have for your church is to get your priest to do your wedding. This will make things feel personal on the day of your nuptial, especially if you are a devout Catholic and have a strong bond with the leader of your church.

Your First Wedded Kiss!

When choosing what your first kiss in front of the priest will be, think carefully. This kiss will represent your relationship before all that are gathered. Will it be soft, smooth, and compassionate, or will it be wild and risque? Make a decision that fits your taste, and doesn't go overboard with both sets of in-laws watching.

If you use the advice found in this article, you could easily find yourself planning a great wedding that is fail-proof. Sure, there is anxiety associated with any wedding, but you could put it all to rest with these tips in mind, as you set forth in planning the perfect wedding.

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