Originally Posted by Aar_Canada
See, I don't think it's a step beyond. And if it feels like it is, that'd wear off pretty quick. I don't know. I think some people view marriage as something you do after you've been playing the field and sort of trying out a bunch of different people. "Now I've found THE ONE and now we will be married!" which I guess I understand within that context. THAT'S a step beyond. But if you're committed in your relationship(s) before, I don't see the difference. It's like it's not what it used to mean, which begs the question, what does it mean? What does it mean in this day and age?
Exactly. Marriage is a symbolic recognition of the actual commitment; it is not the commitment itself.