Concept of Marriage

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Horton and Hunt: “Marriage is the approved social pattern whereby two or more persons establish a family.”

Robert Lowie: “Marriage is a relatively permanent bond between permissible mates.”

Webster Dictionary: “Marriage is the legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship.”

Notes

Definitions Of Marriage:

Horton and Hunt: “Marriage is the approved social pattern whereby two or more persons establish a family.”

Robert Lowie: “Marriage is a relatively permanent bond between permissible mates.”

Webster Dictionary: “Marriage is the legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship.”

Few common points can be noted from various definitions of marriage.

  1. Marriage is understood as a socially approved relation to satisfying sexual needs.

  2. The common purpose of marriage is procreation, i.e. having children.

  3. The assumption of permissible mates indicates a norm of heterosexuality. If the basic goal of marriage is assumed to be procreation, it would have to be between a female and a male.

  4. Today, the concept of marriage is enlarged to include homosexual relations. Same-sex or Gay/Lesbian marriage refers to the marriage of males or females, respectively, who are physically emotionally and sexually attracted to members of the same-sex.

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