Before it gets raised this has nothing to do with gay marriage.
What is the sanctity of marriage?
On a thread in the lounge the subject was rasied because of a pregnancy out of wedlock.
But is that a reason for marriage?
To me the sanctity comes in a total package of love and loyalty between two people and the very thought of a "shotgun" marriage is demeaning to that theory.
The idea of marriage is being eroded by the ease of divorce and the lack of seriousness by those that enter into it lightly.
This is not an attack on divorce. People make mistakes and shouldn't have to pay with an unhappy unworkable marriage, i am purely pointing to those that do enter into the contract flippently.
A marriage is about the commitment between two people, not the ceromony or the officialness that goes with it. Two people that live out of wedlock for life and love each other, are loyal etc. etc. are more married than two that have the official version but don't have their hearts in it.
This isn't a total summation but a few thoughts on the subject.