I’m getting married today. Literally, as you’re reading this I’m either getting ready for the wedding, at the wedding, or at the reception. So, your philosophical challenge today is simple: what is marriage? Especially with all the controversy going on right now over gay marriage in the US, this is an important question to ask. Is marriage primarily a civil contract between two people who want to be legally joined together? Is is a divine covenant between two people whom God has paired? Is is a commitment between two people who want to spend their lives together? All of the above?
Is it about making the participants happy? About making them successful? About making them better? About ensuring the existence of a future generation? What is the intent and purpose of marriage? What is the nature of marriage?
All of the above questions point to specific answers given to this question by different groups of people. So, as always: write me a story of 1000 words that presents and defends you concept of what marriage is at its core?