Ever since Antiquity, all civilizations and cultures have considered marriage as the unchanging foundation of society, though the 1970’s wave of sexual freedom deprived marriage of its ‘rite of passage’ status. In the 21st Century, when cohabitation is the norm, and most modern states have legal substitutes to marriage, it seems that from culture to culture and faith to faith, the symbolic value of a wedding ceremony hasn’t been diminished. Although women are no longer...

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