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Is marriage an outdated custom? Show more Show less

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.

No, marriage is not an outdated custom Show more Show less

Marriage is voluntary union of a couple to express the commitment to one another.
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Married couples are better off

Married couples tend to be more financially stable, healthy, and offer stability for children.
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Context

The Argument

According Heritage.org, "decades of statistics have shown that, on average, married couples have better physical health, more financial stability, and greater social mobility than unmarried people." Marriage is not just about the commitment between two people. Rather, it benefits both partner's overall life. Along with commitment, marriage holds a certain amount of responsibility towards one another. The couple will rely on each other to provide for their lifestyle as well as emotional support.[1] Beyond looking at the benefits for the partners themselves, it can also benefit any children born or raised within the marriage. If a couple decides to have children, there are studies done that show how a stable home results in a better upbringing. Heritage.org explains how children within a strong married couple are shown to have higher academic performance, as well as being more emotionally mature as opposed to those who did not experience the same.

Counter arguments

While marriages often do offer benefits, there are times when this is not the case. Sometimes, marriages hurt the partners' relationship. They may decide to get married in order to help one of the individual's financial situation or even to fix certain aspects of their relationship. However, marriages need more than just love in order to function properly.

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Premises

[P1] Marriages offer more than just commitment, including financial stability and better physical health. [P2] Marriages help not only the partners in them, but the children as well.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Marriage can also hurt other aspects of the partners lives such financial statuses from factors such as student and credit card debt. [Rejecting P2] An unstable marriage that the partners choose to stay in offers a unstable environment for any children they had.

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References

  1. https://www.heritage.org/marriage-and-family/heritage-explains/why-the-declining-marriage-rate-affects-everyone

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