Your Say: Marriage no longer important 7

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These is a place where you can have your say. This is an open space for discussion about some very confronting questions in our society. How do you feel? What do you think? These are the real Q&A for the Australian over 60s today.


Is marriage really that important anymore? 

Many marriages end in divorce, and plenty of other couples don’t see the point in marrying or marrying for a second time? 



Marriage is an important building block of our community on which many traditions are based.  Without it another important institution will be gone and with it many traditions that underpin respect, growth and family conventions.



Marriage is just a piece of paper, and one that can cost couples both a lot of money to enter into and to exit from.  We don’t need to continue to encourage old style traditions of bonds til death in a modern society where we don’t always honour them anyway?

 What do you think? 


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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. We got married at 17 &16 years old. Have been married for44years. It is more than a piece of paper. It is a commitment to love, honour& stand by each other. We did not have Obey in our ceremony because we are equals. Not subservant. Marriage is essential in a structured relationship, especially with children.

  2. It’s important if both partners think it’s important. Some people live by a personal commitment to the other, others wish to have it publicly recognised by a ceremony and a certificate. No one else’s business except theirs. The days of telling people whom they can marry, depending on their race or sexual preference, are well over.

  3. A couple of signatures on a piece of paper and a few mumbled by stranger in a big hall used once a week does not make a marriage. Mutual respect, love and trust, and true friendship is what will hold people to each other through thick and thin. Marriage per se is a relic from the past thathas no meaning in todays permissive and largely immoral society.

  4. I’ve been now 4 times the same my as wonderful hubby has. I met him on the net and now we have been married for over 5 years and just so happy –marrraige is for us!!!!!

  5. Partners who have cohabited for a certain time are as legally protected should they break up as a married couple. It is respect, trust and committment to the relationship and any children from that relationship that matter – marriage is not necessary in this modern society.

  6. I like to know my kids have had the wedding day. It just feels right for them and for us. I knew nothing else was out there 🙂 Each to their own as it is a bit like taking his name or vise versa. Totally the business of the couple and really nobody else should interfere. I do think however for the kids it is good to know Mum and Dad are married. What the hell as it is all done backwards anyhow these days. Kids then the engagement ring then later the big white with the christening . What a waste of money that could go towards a house or more important things needed. Then the hide to ask for money or coupons. Hate that

  7. Its the commitment that counts if you both make the commitment then its a marriage whether it is formalized or not ..

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