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I Don't Believe Marriage Is Necessary

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    A Lifetime Decision?

    Many people get married while they are in their 20s. "To love and hold, forever. Until death." Why? Why the pressure to make a 'lifetime' decision so young?? And why the pressure to 'stay in the marriage' and 'make the marriage work'? Are there any other decisions we...
    rusted rusted 51-55, M 8 Responses Sep 8, 2008

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    Marriage Should Be The Perfect Gift For Someone You Love

    Treat your Marriage as gift and not a punishment to your life and everything wil;l be ok.If you've learn from your past marriage then it all for you own benefit.There is no win or lose in marriage, everything is survival and if marriage will be hard for everyone then we can say...
    FOTOCHECK FOTOCHECK 41-45, M Jun 19, 2012

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    I Do

    Marriage is the biggest passion killer ever devised by man.
    asango asango 56-60, M 4 Responses Feb 8, 2012

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    I cannot see how marriage makes a relationship

    happier, stronger or better in any way. Maybe if it wasn't so easy to get a divorce people would take marriage a little more seriously. Then my opinion might change.
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    Things Change...

    When I was little I used to think Marriage was the golden light. Marriage used to be everything but then I grew up. I learned i'm a bastard child but still had a wonderful mother, and I learned gay marriage wasn't allowed. I didn't understand why two people that loved each other...
    Beatenrodent Beatenrodent 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 26, 2013

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    Okay hear is another tidbit into what makes me

    who I am. At 18 I got married the first time and had the worst marriage ever it was ten years if me working, buying a house, a car getting my feet on the ground while my husband made every excuse under the sun not to work and was a user but I didn't want to admit I failed at my...
    Rena4 Rena4 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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    Marriage, Schmarriage.

    We're raised knowing that when you grow up, you get married.  You find yourself a nice person, you date them, you fall in love, and you marry them.  You have some kids, get a house in the suburbs, and live happily ever after.  Both of you are so committed to each...
    deleted deleted 26-30 17 Responses Oct 20, 2008

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    Looking For Love...

    hi everyone I am polish-Russian student living currently and study art in Melbourne Australia. Descent professional and mature guy w very open heart and mind... Next year traveling to NY and India looking for new inspirations, paths and art objects... will be nice to meet some...
    MishaAnale MishaAnale 31-35, M Dec 29, 2012

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    Unwed N Happy

    I know that their are strong Christian views about marriage, but my partner and I are happy together with our little baby girl. Not everyone can afford the fairytale life where boy meets girl boy falls in love ask for girls hand in marriage, buy home have kids and live happily...
    reasonseasonlifetime reasonseasonlifetime 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    Inside Knowledge

    I just don't think we are able to happily stay together forever, we are too complicated for that and change too much over time. What works for you?
    JamaisVu7 JamaisVu7 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 11, 2013

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    My Last Name

    Personally I believe that I can take a vow to love, honor, respect and cherish without legal documentation.  I don't make promises I don't intend to keep.  Nothing is ever guaranteed and if for any reason we decide to part ways.  Why should I pay the courts to...
    ichooselife ichooselife 36-40, F 12 Responses May 30, 2009

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    I have always loved the idea of someday finding

    the perfect guy for me and getting married in some fairy tale scenario. But as I got older and watched relationships around me fail and end in nothing but misery, I decided that what I want is someone to love me as much as I love them and that I don't need that fairy tale ending...
    ariel2891 ariel2891 22-25, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    To A Certain Extent.

    I believe that marriage is something which should be private. Now I don't mean hidden, I just mean something personal. A solemn pledge between 2 people, and their family/friends, if they so choose, and their God(s) should they have any. It is none of the state, or the government...
    Rivfader Rivfader 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 19, 2013

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    Marriage....What a Concept!!

    There are several reasons that I think there is something wrong with the concept of marriage as we Westerners think of it. Let's start with "til death do us part." When this phrase was built into marriage (historically it wasn’t always there), the average life...
    NebulaNoxx NebulaNoxx 51-55, F 10 Responses Apr 8, 2008

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    Unspoken Agreement

    When i was a child i always would say "i cannot love someone, until i can learn to love myself"; Never did i think i could achieve this. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Love is an unspoken agreement, and many, many human...
    mistamew mistamew 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 2, 2012

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    Nice But Not Necessary

    I do believe in committment and marriage but don't believe that marriage is necessary. According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America: The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41% The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60% The divorce...
    neonshades neonshades 51-55, M 3 Responses Mar 17, 2010

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    NOT Necessary For Sure

    How many times have we heard that once the rings are put on (or shortly after) that "someone" changes? Just be happy and live free. You do not need a marriage license to have a commitment for each other, now do you?
    onceasailor onceasailor 46-50, M 3 Responses Oct 15, 2013

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    Not Necessary At All

    Two people who are in love don't need a piece of paper to validate that love and they shouldn't have to prove their love before God or anyone else.
    chumchi chumchi 41-45, F 6 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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    There Are A Lot Of Legal Papers You Would Have To Sign

    to get the same rights as a couple that get's married, but it's possible. Marriage is almost harder to get out of of than those papers. But we're in a modern age. An age of freedom to choose without (for the most part) society stopping you from progressing. If I just want to be...
    SofiaGrowsFlowers SofiaGrowsFlowers 18-21, T Nov 16, 2013

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    Isn'T Marriage A Trap?

    I just don't understand why people get married. There's too many examples of failed marriages. Kim Kardashian.... Let's not even go on that one. It seems like everyone cheats as soon as they're married. Or they realize they never wanted to marry in the first place. I don't...
    JennyJen4lyfe JennyJen4lyfe 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 24, 2013

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    Welcome To My World

    my mom and i left the hospital at 10:30 last night, where we'd been with my dad most of the day, to discover that she had been ticketed not once, but twice, for parking in a 2 hour zone. she told me that she knows the new Mayor and that he would probably handle the tickets for...
    WoobieTuesday WoobieTuesday 36-40, F 9 Responses May 18, 2011

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    It's just not for me,

    I can see the appeal. The ceremony, the ring, the statement you're making, you're telling the world "we are together" that on it's own is beautiful. I just don't see it for myself. I'm not very religious nobody in my family requires it and I don't need a piece of paper to prove...
    Arriety Arriety 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 9

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    Maybe Someday

    Proven fact: marriage is the number 1 cause of divorce Well first I'd have to find someone I want to spend the rest of my life, second she'd have to want to spend the rest of her life with me and in reality I don't believe a piece of paper signifies much other then...your...
    Qtip1976 Qtip1976 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 29, 2013

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    Why We Should Married?

    I know I'm too young to talk about this but this marriage thing kind of bothering me. Why people should get married? I mean what's the point of that, beside having children? I think that when someone gets married, then she/he will be distance from her family and friends. Who...
    autumnmelody autumnmelody 18-21, F Apr 21, 2012

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    Contracts and Love Are Mutually Exclusive

     When I look at it, I think what that piece of paper changes is the fact that you're not together because you love each other anymore. You're together because you have a contract. Someone once said, "If you love something, you must let it go. If it returns to you, then...
    NeonBlueMidnight NeonBlueMidnight 26-30, M 8 Responses Oct 5, 2009

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    No Love Should Last Forever

    While I think I will get married someday, I'm constantly battling the presumption that a relationship is meaningless or "failed" if it doesn't end in marriage.  People are always trying to make love permanent, which is naive when you're in love, and hamful when you...
    Honir Honir 26-30, M 5 Responses Nov 27, 2008

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    What Is The Point

    If you are truly committed to your special other, then the matters of the heart are exactly that! A ring is great, but a piece of paper that binds you not only legally but can hit you in the *** later in life if you find out you are truly not meant for each other is very painful...
    RedheadJolene RedheadJolene 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 13, 2011

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    If What You Seek Is Not Within You You'll Never Find It Without

    People seem to think that they've got this love thing correct when they've found a person to marry and not when they've sorted out how they see love. I think I have the most objections with the "institution" or "establishment" of marriage when it comes to seeing love as a...
    Ariella Ariella 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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    I Am Loyal To A Fault..

    case and point.                                                                                                            
    Stillafloat83 Stillafloat83 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    Not Essential To A Relationship

    i think if two people love each other then you don't really need marriage to validate that love or to show your level of commitment. marriage won't make you love the person anymore or make you more committed to the relationship then you all ready are. and plus if the relation...
    bemmie bemmie 18-21, F 3 Responses May 23, 2012

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    Marriage Isn't For Everyone

    I have been on both sides of the fence on this issue.  I was married for 16 years in a less than satisfying relationship, and now I have been single for 12 years.  Having experienced both sides, I vote for the single life.  Not that I am adamantly opposed to...
    Vignette Vignette 51-55, F 39 Responses Mar 17, 2010

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    My Views...

    Ok... so I guess this is the big moment where I will fall out of favour with some of you... c'est la vie... I just can't understand why we feel we need a piece of paper showing the approval of some hypocrite in a funky suit to validate our feelings for another human being... I...
    hippiechick333 hippiechick333 46-50, F 19 Responses Oct 1, 2011

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    Kids

    I've never been married, but even still I don't think it's necessary. I was never that girl dreaming of the perfect wedding or the ideal wedding dress. I suppose this may have been influenced by my parents going through a messy divorce when I was 7 - 9 ish. But even before then I...
    Knabble Knabble 18-21, F Oct 2, 2011

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    Most women dream of marriage

    but it never appealed to me. I dont believe there is a man special enough for me to want it.
    tb2985 tb2985 26-30, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Believe Marriage Is Necessary!

    Now that I am 44 yrs. old, I can relate to what my father used to tell about marriage.As a man, he always suggest that I should take my time to get what i want and strive for my goals before marrying. Back then it is quite hard to understand why my father always advice me to take...
    FOTOCHECK FOTOCHECK 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 19, 2012

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    I'm Married, But I Don't Believe It's Necessary.

    Does that make me a hypocrite?
    BasicallyLeslieKnope BasicallyLeslieKnope 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 5, 2013

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    I Don't Need It.

    The only necessity I can see marriage being needed for would be benefits. For instance, when your loved one gets injured, and you want to see them at the hospital you have to be married or family. Other than that, I really don't see a purpose. A lot of people are just married on...
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 8, 2010

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    An Institution

    Marriage is an institution; last I checked, being institutionalized was a bad thing   Seriously though, I do not view marriage as "necessary". If I want to spend my life with someone, all that should matter is that I am deeply in love with that person; I...
    Magickintheair Magickintheair 18-21 3 Responses Sep 7, 2008

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    Married, But Believe Marriage Isn't for Everyone.

    First off let me say I like being married. However, it takes a lot of patience, understanding, and commitment to make a good marriage. Society acts like marriage is like a level up achievement everybody needs to get. Which is baffling considering how life encompassing it is, and...
    jlk2 jlk2 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 16, 2013

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    Once a Thing Becomes a Necessity

    Once a thing becomes something that must be done, all sense of romance is removed from it. As soon as I became pressured that I was at the marrying age, its true meaning was removed.  I do not have that natural bride gene, as to me it has always represented someone...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Oct 30, 2008

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    Disappointed

    I don't believe marriage is necessary, probably because I married the wrong one.  Not that there was another, but my marriage is the biggest mistake I have ever made with my life.  The best thing about this marriage is the kids, I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't had...
    Michiganmom Michiganmom 46-50, F 5 Responses May 7, 2008

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    Just to give you a perspective of how odd my

    family was I shall tell you this. When my grandmother announced that she was marrying "Mr Willeard", her father swore and her mother swerved into the ditch.
    projectgwyn101 projectgwyn101 16-17, M Apr 8

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    I'm Afraid

    Besides all the questions that I wrote on "Why we should married?" there's something more on why I dont think marriage is necessary. It's because, I've seen that my parents marriage was a total failure and disastrous. My parents married when they're around 30s, which is a mature...
    autumnmelody autumnmelody 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    You Can Be

    just as committed without the paper.The paper might be a bit more protection in case of any legalities that happen, (such as the death of one of the partners) or in case of separation, but in general, if you are committed to making it work, I don't think you have to have a piece...
    Serenitree Serenitree 70+, F Oct 31, 2012

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    I used to think so but

    Changed my mind in a big way... sorry
    Gemzaayy Gemzaayy 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 6, 2012

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    I don't believe prayer works. If I want something I go for it. I don't ask something that isn't there to answer it for me. I hate when people pray for me. Because they're not doing...
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    I have wanted for so long to tell our host mother that I don't but she is impossible. I hate living here and her enforcing religion on us. I don't agree with the teachings and I...
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    I don't believe in evolution. The theory sounds intelligent when propounded by leading scientists, but in the end it all falls flat to a laughable extent. Well, where to start...
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    Don't believe an ANY gods. They have all been created by man to control people. I'm the only open Atheist in our family and am isolated as a result, which is not a bad thing. I don...
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    I just honestly don't believe anything lasts forever, it always ends. Bc there's someone else, there's a new moment in life, or simply because someone doesn't feel the same...
    nothingpersonalx nothingpersonalx 16-17, F Apr 1

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    I am not what you would consider a "religious person" I do have a faith in something larger then all of us, commonly known as god. I also believe that with out teaching some kind...
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