11 Facts About Marriage


Marriage, called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally and often legally recognized union between people called spouses.

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Marriage can be recognized by a state, an organization, a religious authority, a tribal group, a local community, or peers.

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Marriage argued that a legitimacy-based definition of marriage is circular in societies where illegitimacy has no other legal or social implications for a child other than the mother being unmarried.

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Marriage's might have control of this morning gift during the lifetime of her husband, but is entitled to it when widowed.

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Marriage laws refer to the legal requirements which determine the validity of a marriage, which vary considerably between countries.

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Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

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Marriage is an institution that is historically filled with restrictions.

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Marriage is usually formalized at a wedding or marriage ceremony.

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Marriage'storically, and still in many countries, children born outside marriage suffered severe social stigma and discrimination.

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Marriage is commonly celebrated in the context of a Eucharistic service.

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Marriage creates rights and duties in the Church between the spouses and towards their children: "[e]ntering marriage with the intention of never having children is a grave wrong and more than likely grounds for an annulment".

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