Traditional marriage worked for the baby boomers because their parents were the WWII generation that stayed poor, mostly. The material paradigm of that era meant that getting married, playing house, and making money were the cornerstones of success. Doesn't work that way anymore. Most marriages require dual incomes, both people working full time in order to support the original material vision that their parents had. That alone divides relationships. In the U.S. people get only a couple weeks vacation per year. Most marriages are out of convenience now... people need joint health care, mortgage payments, etc. I know at least one couple who married for the insurance. People get married to game the system now, because the system is inherently greedy and keeps people from being honest.
The other factor is the more recent generations seeing how badly marriage worked out for their parents. Divorce means the jarring division of families, large court costs if there are custody or property battles, and then there are the psychotic aspects of crazy partners going for everything the other person has.
Marriage, as an institution, cannot possibly be sanctified in the current socioeconomic climate where communities are divided in the almighty name of the dollar. It has divided couples and communities.
It has nothing to do with gays. In fact, inviting gays to take part shores up the institution of marriage, if anything. All the evidence shows that young gay people are not participating in huge numbers though. Why would they? Marriage contracts can lead you to financial ruin if it doesn't work out.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
"Education is the only thing you can do that will change society. Everything else is just a band-aid." - Jacqueline de Chollet
"Boys will be boys. But boys will not be president." - Ronald Regan
Your snark aside, I know of no part of the text, in any translation, that discusses Mary's consent. I do know that she had just married Joseph and presumably was a bit more intent on sleeping with her new husband than anyone else. But then again, the very idea that a woman could refuse consent was alien to Jewish custom at the time (as well as many other cultures, including ours until a few decades ago), so it's most likely that the story never even considers her consent. And that religious tradition has certainly informed the traditional forms of marriage and how much they've sucked for women. Now that society and law don't force women into marriages in order to survive, they're picking better options.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
Quo usque tandem abutere, Trump, patientia nostra?
That makes sense.
Claiming esoteric knowledge by way of membership and then ****ting on that lame idea is rather strange behavior.
Last edited by ecofarm; 10-14-14 at 02:53 PM.