I recently got back from a wedding in Connecticut. These two were so cute and so in love in the truly traditional sense – dating since high school and still googly-eyed for each other – that it got me thinking about what marriage is in the modern world. You hear it all the time – hell, I’ve even said it – marriage is outdated, seeped in religion and the odds of divorce are stacked against you. Certainly, marriage has changed for a lot of people. Even my old-school Connecticut couple lived together before being married. People are being married later, suddenly people with more education are more likely to be married than those without, not to mention the rate of marriage has gone down from 70 percent in 1960 to about 50 percent today. (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2031962,00.html)

But even with all those statistics there is something desirable, something romantic, about wanting to be married. Wanting to be with someone as you age, to claim them as yours and to make promises to each other in front of those close to you. So I say cheers to those who are brave enough to make that promise to each other (and yes, this absolutely includes gay marriage!), to go against the odds and many of their modern-minded ‘marriage is dead’ friends. I’m wishing you all the best of luck.

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