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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice View Post
    I'd go with the natural law argument: marriage constitutes one man and one woman united indissolubly for life and is ordered for the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children.
    Yes, good. But how does that get started in practice. Are two people (of the opposite gender) living together in the same household (having or intending to have kids together) already a marriage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theunissen View Post
    Yes, good. But how does that get started in practice. Are two people (of the opposite gender) living together in the same household (having or intending to have kids together) already a marriage?
    This could get complicated very quickly, and I think part of it would depend on whether the couple resides in a place where common law marriage is a civilly valid form of marriage. If both intended to have a permanent, fruitful and exclusive relationship, it possibly could be termed a marriage, but would there be an exchange of consent? Also, I think for a relationship to be recognised as a common law marriage, the couple must have cohabited for seven years.

    Catholics cannot enter a valid marriage via common law, for instance, but this a fairly recent development in history that only came about after the Council of Trent. In very narrow circumstances, the Catholic Church recognises a marriage without a priest or deacon present, but generally only in places where clergy aren't available. But that's a separate issue from common law marriage.
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    As indicated before ... depends on where you live. In the US many things get easier if you have a family if you are married. There are also tax advantages and one can serve as a legal proxy in health decisions. And, if you were to marry someone from a different country there are all kinds of immigration related benefits. Now, that's not romantic, but it doesn't seem like romance is a good enough reason for you anyway ;-)

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