Archive for November 2006

LOVE & MARRIAGE

November 30, 2006

LOVE and MARRIAGE

Married couples are now considered part of a minority group.  The percentage of married couples has dropped from 52% five years ago to 49.7% in 2005.  Another interesting piece of the puzzle is that four out of ten babies are born out of wedlock.  These aren’t just the babies from casual sex among birth control ignorant teens.   The largest increases in these births are women in their 20s.

I’m not sure if this is a societal tragedy or just societal progression.  It’s interesting to think that as the homosexual population fights to have their partnerships acknowleged through the act of marriage, the heterosexual population is moving away from marriage. 

So what’s the big deal?  It can’t be a moral issue if heterosexuals no longer preceive marriage as a communal value.  There is no shame anymore in having a child outside of marriage or living with a partner or even divorcing a spouse. 

So what is it that causes people to freak out regarding two men or two women wanting to marry each other?  I have no idea.  I can only assume it’s because we like to hang on to certain traditions.  The general public never questions how technology has altered society.  How technology has changed the interaction we have with each other or the devastation it has caused to the environment.  We look for convenience first, and marriage just doesn’t cut it anymore. 

In a consumer driven society marriage is becoming a negative or a hassle in people’s lives.  You don’t need it.  If we are to continue believing in the significance of marriage, it has to evolve or adjust to the culture.  Marriage is a contract between two people so why not adjust the contract to a five year plan with an option to renew every five years.  If people feel devoted to each other, a five year commitment could make marriage part of the majority again.  If you open marriage up to the homosexual population, you could really drive that majority number up.

Let’s make marriage an acceptable concept and a positive part of society again!

Jake Drew

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