Short Paragraph on Marriage!
Marriage is an institution which admits men and women to family life. It is a stable relationship in which a man and a woman are socially permitted to have children implying the right to sexual relations.
Edward Westermark defined marriage as the “more or less durable connection between male and female, lasting beyond the mere act of propagation till after the birth of offspring.”
Ernest R. Groves defined it as “a public confession and legal registration of an adventure in fellowship.Lowie defined it as a “relatively permanent bond between permissible mates.”
Malinowski defined marriage as “a contract for the production and maintenance of children.” According to Lundberg, Marriage consists of “the rules and regulations which define the rights, duties and privileges of husband and wife, with respect to each other.” According to Horton and Hunt, “Marriage is the approved social pattern whereby two or more persons establish a family.”
Mazumdar, H. T., defines marriage, “as a socially sanctioned union of male and female, or as a secondary institution devised by society to sanction the union and mating of male and female, for purposes of (a) establishing a household, (b) entering into sex relations, (c) procreating, and (d) providing care for the off-spring.
According to Anderson and Parker, “Marriage is the sanctioning by a society of a durable bond between one or more males and one or more females established to permit sexual intercourse for the implied purpose of parenthood.”
According to John Levy and Ruth Munroe people get married because of the feeling that being in a family is the only proper, indeed the only possible, way to live. People do not marry because it is their social duty to perpetuate the institution of the family or because the scriptures recommend matrimony or because they have fallen in love with each other but because they lived in a family as children and cannot get over the feeling that being in family is the only proper way to live in society. In almost all the society’s one or the other form of marriage exists.