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Contemporpary Marriage

  • Date Submitted: 10/07/2011 10:42 AM
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Contemporary marriage
While sacred, legal and heterosexual describes the traditional marriage, secular, same sex, live-in relationship and divorce show how the contemporary marriage has been transformed from the form of traditional marriage. Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. By the marriage two people form a family and this has been the general procedure that most of people follows. Even thought the marriage and forming a family has started with existing of human being, the perspective, value, and trend has been transformed as the society has experience enormous changes.  
The definition of traditional marriage is a state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife. In this definition, we can recognize that the traditional marriage assumes the relationship between two people is heterosexual relationship. However in the contemporary situation, the definition of marriage should be ‘relation of one or more men to one or more women that is recognized by custom of law.’ In other words, in this contemporary society, not only heterosexual relationship but also the same sex relationship and even their marriage are accepted. Certainly the same sex relationship has been existed even in the traditional society however their relationship could be never accepted officially.   Nowadays in the meaning of respecting their human dignity and happiness, same-sex marriage is also granted as official marriage relationship.   In 2001 the Netherlands became the first nation in the world to grant same sex marriage and followed by Belgium (2003), Spain, Canada (2005), South Africa and few countries. However, whether granting the same sex marriage officially or not is still hot potato in many countries.
The religious perspective plays vital role in the marriage especially in traditional marriage. fist, it should be understood that the dependency on religion in traditional society is much heavier than contemporary...


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