Yesterday, Rashida Jones made a few headlines when she suggested that marriage may no longer be necessary. While discussing her new film, “Monogamy,” with MSNBC, Jones said:

“Things are changing so much, especially this country, we have kind of failed with marriage. We’re so protective of this really sacred but failed institution. There’s got to be a new model. I don’t know what it is, but maybe it’s like 10 years with a lease to buy or rent to own.”

While the majority of people believe that marriage is still very necessary and important to building stable families, some agree with Jones. Last year, a Times Magazine survey found that many (nearly 44% of those surveyed) believed that traditional marriages are obsolete. This is evident by the fact that people are waiting longer and longer to get married, and some are choosing to opt-out of marriage all together, deciding instead to live with their committed partner and raise a family, all without being married.

So what side of the debate do you fall on, Clutchettes and Gents? Is marriage still necessary?



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  • Gam

    Honestly, I can only talk about Marriage from a Christian perspective and it is only when lived within this Christian perspective, that Marriage actually works.

    Is it necessary? I’ve never thought going to a registry, a church or whatever is necessary, but the heart of marriage, which is a life-long commitment is Very Necessary. If we understand this and can live in such a capacity, I can only see how much better this world would be.

    Marriage is grossly anti-self, Christianity also. The nature of our world now pushes the me me me syndrome, the false notion that the world revolves around us. The main problem of our world is pride, nobody is really single, your actions affect others. In the context of this topic, you are just unmarried. Marriage requires partners who are willingly to submit to each other, a self-sacrificing kind of love. If this doesn’t exist, it doesn’t matter how many documents you have signed or how many pastors or wedding ceremonies you have held, you are living a sham, and you can only fool others not yourself.

    Marriage is a great thing, I don’t intend to have any wedding ceremony or register anything (except he wants to, we’ll but I would like to have a life-long commitment with someone. It is not the best thing in life, it is not a do or damned thing but it is a very good thing.

  • One must be very careful when they say marriage is obsolete and fall into the situation of “shacking up”. Which doesn’t mean “living together”, but living together and having sex. There is a difference between struggling with sin and practicing sin. When we struggle with sin that means we fall short of the glory of God. But when we practice it, premeditate it, say I can’t wait to get home and jump his bones…that’s when we play with not inheriting the kingdom of God. If you want to have sex, marriage is VERY relevant. Hate to be “churchy”.