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11-15-2011 @ 2:20PM
First off: As other commenters have noticed, the odds seems pretty high of them being really young, as in, teenagers, who can't legally marry. It's a possibility.Secondly: Not everyone believes marriage is for them. I realize in American society, marriage is sort of drilled into us that it's the end-all, be-all for a happy ending, but the reality is, not everyone wants that, or feels they need it. Just because you have a piece of paper saying you are legally bound to one another doesn't necessarily make the relationship automatically more solid; just more difficult to "break up" if you decide you're unhappy. Some people don't want that. Some people don't for personal reasons. Some don't want it for religious reasons. Some don't want it just because they don't want it. Some people CAN'T get married in this day and age, and that's sad.My point is, it bothers me when people say, "They've been together four years and aren't married? Clearly there's a lack of commitment here!" No, clearly there IS commitment here, or they wouldn't have stayed together FOR FOUR YEARS. Why does a sheet of a paper saying they're committed magically mean they're more committed than the fact they've stayed together for four years? That's incredibly dismissive and hurtful. And honestly, none of anyone's business but theirs.
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