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Is marriage an outdated custom? Show more Show less
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The idea of marriage scares many people and it is seemingly becoming less and less ideal for younger generations. Nevertheless, marriages are still occurring. Marriage allows partners to identify their commitment on a higher level, as well as gaining benefits such as financial stability. However, government involvement in marriages can cause people to shy away from the institution. Others feel that marriage is not an appropriate act for demonstrating commitment.

Yes, marriage is an outdated custom Show more Show less

Marriage is a simple piece of paper that connects your relationship by law, it does not define how committed you are to someone.
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You do not need to get married in order to show commitment

Marriage does not define how much a couple is committed to one another.
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The Argument

The idea of marriage is to recognize the monogamy you and your partner choose to commit to for the rest of your lives. Once you are married to one another, it is theoretically a lifelong recognition of your love. However, there are many cases in which one or both partners begin to be unfaithful and break that commitment. Marriage is not the ultimate way of confessing your commitment to a partner. Just because a couple decides to get married, it does not mean they will oblige to the promises within it. Not only does marriage cause financial burden, but it also creates emotional burdens. It can be argued that splitting up with a partner is less damaging than going through the legal process of getting a divorce. Commitment can be more than a piece of paper to some. Saying "I do" does not ensure that your partner will be faithful to you for the duration of the marriage. The legal agreement is only one way to show monogamy. There are many couples who choose to live with one another, yet never get married. By living together, they agree to be monogamous toward one another.

Counter arguments

Everyone's relationship standards are different. One couple may be perfectly fine with simply living with one another, but another couple may want to get married in order to solidify their commitment. Marriage is a good way to show commitment and everyone should be able to have that choice.


[P1] A legal marriage does not ensure commitment from both parties. [P2] Some couple may find other actions such as living together just as effective as marriage. [P3] Divorces cause more issues for people opposed to vanquishing their relationship.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Some other couples may need marriage in order to secure their relationship.


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