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Things have changed a great deal from the Puritanical beliefs integrated long ago that said people must have a license in order to live together Now blended families are commonplace and marriages between people of the same sex are a reality The history of marriage and family is actually filled with a variety of thought quite foreign to say the average American Marriage was often an agreement of practicality arranged to provide a linkage between family fortunes The film Titanic exemplifies this type of thinking even as late as the turn of the century Thus it is only in relatively recent history that marriage has been looked at in terms of romance Although throughout the twentieth century the subject of marriage is linked with white wedding dresses and three tiered whipped cream cakes it has also broached the question of whether or not the committed couple should live together before the big wedding day While it is less controversial today than say fifty years ago some still call it living in sin The primary objections stem from a religious point of view and those who do choose to cohabit before the ink is dry on the marriage license are subject to criticism Macleans reports that such living arrangements used to be considered lower class but new statistics reveal that these so-called common law marriages are much more widespread Macleans 14 The number of couples living together in Canada without benefit of marriage almost tripled between 1981 and 1995 14 Some suggest that the increase is attributable to the fact that the arrangement has much less of a stigma attached now 14 The reason that the stigma is lessened is due to the fact that the current people in their twenties have parents who have also cohabited before marriage This is the first time that this phenomenon has occurred as the boomers began the loosening of sexual mores in the society during the turbulent
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