Originally Posted by i dunno
people can have healthy long term relationships without getting married. i'm sure theres long term couples out there who are closer than married ones too
Yes, but they haven't made a commitment. There is still the idea that "I can easily get out if I want to". That is not a commitment, and wouldn't personally work for me. But that's me.
Now, the idea that marriage has to have a LEGAL component to it, is a very different concept, and is not what I am speaking of. However, since our society has decided to put all sorts of financial ramifications on marriage, it has created a need to have a legal component to it as well.
Remember, marriage is about love, divorce is about money.