Defining Marriage

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Maria Hernandez
Professor Ali
English 1302
28 February 2010
Defining Marriage I take thee to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance and thereto I give thee my troth. With this ring, I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow (The Book of Common Prayer, 423). This is one of the famous wedding vows that people around the world use to get married. But what does marriage mean? What does for better or for worse and till death do us part signify? According to several dictionaries, marriage is the formal union of a man and a woman, by which they
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