Marriage-Before and After

Some people say that marriage is one of the most important steps we ever take. It affects our lives in so many vital ways that the greatest possible care should be taken beforehand to ensure compatibility and domestic harmony for all time to come. The two individuals involved, they say, should get to know each other very well before taking marriage vows.

At this point someone may comment that people never know each other really well until they have actually lived together. As a consequence they may advocate "trial marriages" or cohabitation of an even more temporary kind in order to establish that compatibility exists and the couple can safely proceed to take the vow "until death do us part."

February 12, 1977

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