A number of letter writers have stated that marriage is an institution created only for raising and protecting children. If this is so, why do people who don’t plan to have children get married?
For that matter, why do people who are past child-bearing age also marry?
Marriage has evolved as society has evolved. Arranged marriages have been replaced by people choosing who they want to marry.
Today, people marry because each wants to share his or her life with a particular person. They may, or may not, want to have children with that person.
I can think of two couples I know who are raising children in a loving family without benefit of marriage.
Marriage should be available to any two competent adults who want to share their lives together. The laws of a free society give people rights that go beyond the dictates and definitions of any particular religion.
Philip S. Parker