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With so much scrutiny surrounding marriage, the cheating, the high divorce rates, the reluctancy of people to commit or remain committed, as well as the numerous people who choose to remain single, is marriage still relevant?
There are an increasing number of people who have chosen to remain in long term relationships (5 yrs or more) but for some reason or another choose not get married. Is this more evidence that societies values on marriage have shifted?
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I’m 36 and have been living with my man for 2 years. He’s turning 40 this year and is divorced w/two teenagers he shares custody of. He has asked me to marry him more than once and I turned him down. Here’s the thing – I don’t have a desire to be married –I never have - to me it’s a piece of paper you don’t need if you have a real commitment anyway. I have felt this way my entire life even though my parents have been married for 40 years. My parents never understood my position; my sisters think I’m just anti marriage, but outside of legal issues (a will, property, if you have kids, etc.) I don’t see the point. I can spend the rest of my life with this man I love and never marry him. He is basically giving me an ultimatum – commit to marrying him, or he wants out. What is so wrong with my position? And I told him all of this when me met, so there my views aren't a surprise. I’m mad he’s trying to change it up when he knew how I felt from the beginning. What are your thoughts?
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