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Lauren.Waggoner
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Is marriage an outdated institution? Should co-habitation replace marriage?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/11/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

Marriage should be outdated as co-habitation should replace marriage because significant others change once married and when they remain without a title, longevity is more likely.
bluebbb9

Con

I thank Lauren.Waggoner for posting this debate, and I accept.

I do ask for some clarification from my opponent. Her opening statements could yield the following resolutions: PRO: 1) "Marriage is an outdated institution," 2) "Marriage should be eliminated," 3) "Co-habitation should replace marriage," or 4) a variation of those.

Unless my opponents clarifies her resolution, I will operate under the assumption that the first part of her statement (and the first part of the title of this debate) is her resolution, and I will argue against the following: "Marriage is an outdated institution."

If I have misinterpreted my opponent's statement, I trust that she will correct me in her opening arguments.

I would like to offer some definitions:

Marriage: the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law
Institution (marriage): a well-established and structured pattern of behavior or of relationships that is accepted as a fundamental part of a culture
Co-habitation: To live together, especially when not legally married.
Outdated: Obsolete, old-fashioned

Sources:
http://www.merriam-webster.com...
http://dictionary.reference.com...
http://en.wikipedia.org...
http://www.thefreedictionary.com...
Debate Round No. 1
Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

Thank you for clarifying as I understand how it was viewed as confusing.
"marriage is an outdated institution" is right.

It seems be a pattern that individuals who aren't married are more happy. Once a man & women marry they begin to feel owed something & attempt to take ownership. Marriage ultimately changes a relationship for more negative.
bluebbb9

Con

I thank my opponent for her arguments. She claims that individuals who are not married are more happy; individuals in marriages feel a sense of entitlement and attempt to take ownership; and marriage changes a relationship for the worse.

Before I begin, I would like to note some things about this debate:

"Marriage is an outdated institution" is the resolution.
The resolution is not limited to marriage in the United States.
My opponent did not contest the definitions I listed above.
Given the resolution, my opponent must show that marriage is an outdated institution, meaning that it is obsolete and/or old-fashioned.

1) Many individuals get married.

In 2009, there were approximately 2,077,000 marriages in the United States. [2] China had approximately 9,450,000 marriages in 2006. [3] These statistics suggest that marriage is not obsolete. Many individuals in many countries get married every year. Though marriage rates are declining in some countries, many individuals around the world still choose to get married.

2) Marriage rates have increased in some countries.

Mexico reported 356,658 marriages in 1970 and 586,978 marriages in 2006. [3] Mongolia reported 15,106 marriages in 1995 and 40,965 marriages in 2007. [3] In these countries (and others) the marriage rates have increased over time. Even if no countries reported an increase in marriage rates, the amount of individuals who choose to get married (as noted in my first contention) would disprove the resolution. The fact that in some countries the marriage rate is actually increasing further suggests that marriage is not an outdated institution.

3) Some populations have low divorce rates.

In Italy, the marriage rate was 6.3 per 1,000 population aged 15-64 years in 2008, and the divorce rate that same year was 1.3. [1] In Sweden, the marriage rate was 8.3 in 2008, and the divorce rate was 3.5. [1] In these countries (and others), most of the individuals who get married do not get divorced. Though some couples stay married even if they are unhappy, these statistics suggest a certain level of contentment for those who remain married.

Conclusion:
The resolution, "Marriage is an outdated institution," is not true because many individuals are getting married; marriage rates have increased in some countries; and some populations have low divorce rates. Marriage is not obsolete.

Sources:
[1] http://www.census.gov...
[2] http://www.cdc.gov...
[3] http://www.un.org... ["Annual number of marriages"]
Debate Round No. 2
Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

Lauren.Waggoner forfeited this round.
bluebbb9

Con

Because my opponent has forfeited this round, I extend all previous arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

Lauren.Waggoner forfeited this round.
bluebbb9

Con

My opponent has forfeited again. I extend all previous arguments.
Debate Round No. 4
Lauren.Waggoner

Pro

Lauren.Waggoner forfeited this round.
bluebbb9

Con

I extend all arguments, including my conclusion.

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Debate Round No. 5
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