Marriage Is The Formal Union Of A Man And A Woman

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Marriages in Different Cultures

Introduction
The official definition of marriage is “ the formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.” In the United States, a marriage between man and woman, man and man, and woman and woman is recognizable. It is a union between two people who vow to stay with each other through thick and thin. They have many expectations and hope for the best. In different cultures, marriages are performed in different ways but basically have the same concept. A marriage can take place in a church in the United States or a small village in India.
Arranged Marriage
In old Europe, marriage was not out of love, it was only to form an alliance between two families and reproduce. (Chukwuemeka et al .2012) Many marriages were to uphold a family duty or to obtain an inheritance. People did not think about a marriage influenced by love or sexual orientation. Arranged marriage is practiced in my culture, which is not at all bad. Studies have shown that the level of intimacy, passion and commitment is similar between arranged marriage couples and love-marriage couples. Also, the divorce rates are lower in arranging marriages than in love marriages. (Bowman & Dollahite et al. 2013)
Woman vs. Muslim Culture
As a young Muslim woman, my belief is that a girl should wait until she is ready to tie the knot. Marriage is not one of my major concerns as of right now, I only wish to pursue a career first. I want a…
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