Marriage

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Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally recognised union between people, called spouses, that establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.wikipedia
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Wedding

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A marriage ceremony is called a wedding.
A wedding is a ceremony where two or more people are united in marriage.

Child marriage

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In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and sometimes forced marriage, may be practiced as a cultural tradition.
Child marriage is a marriage or similar union, formal or informal, entered into by a child or youth under a certain age, typically age eighteen.

Spouse

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Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally recognised union between people, called spouses, that establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.
A spouse is a significant other in a marriage, civil union, or common-law marriage.

Premarital sex

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In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. In the 21st century, there continue to be controversies regarding the legal status of married women, legal acceptance of or leniency towards violence within marriage (especially sexual violence), traditional marriage customs such as dowry and bride price, forced marriage, marriageable age, and criminalization of consensual behaviors such as premarital and extramarital sex.
Premarital sex is sexual activity practiced by people before they are married.

Forced marriage

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In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and sometimes forced marriage, may be practiced as a cultural tradition.
Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or more of the parties is married without their consent or against their will.

Polygamy

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In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and sometimes forced marriage, may be practiced as a cultural tradition.
Polygamy (from Late Greek πολυγαμία, polygamía, "state of marriage to many spouses") is the practice of marrying multiple spouses.

Interracial marriage

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Around the world, primarily in developed democracies, there has been a general trend towards ensuring equal rights for women within marriage and legally recognizing the marriages of interfaith, interracial, and same-sex couples.
Interracial marriage is a form of marriage outside a specific social group (exogamy) involving spouses who belong to different races or racialized ethnicities.

Same-sex marriage

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Around the world, primarily in developed democracies, there has been a general trend towards ensuring equal rights for women within marriage and legally recognizing the marriages of interfaith, interracial, and same-sex couples.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is the marriage of two people of the same sex or gender, entered into in a civil or religious ceremony.

Arranged marriage

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In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and sometimes forced marriage, may be practiced as a cultural tradition.
Arranged marriage is a type of marital union where the bride and groom are selected by individuals other than the couple themselves, particularly by family members such as the parents.

Interfaith marriage

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Around the world, primarily in developed democracies, there has been a general trend towards ensuring equal rights for women within marriage and legally recognizing the marriages of interfaith, interracial, and same-sex couples.
Interfaith marriage, sometimes called a "mixed marriage", is marriage between spouses professing different religions.

Marriage law

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When a marriage is performed and carried out by a government institution in accordance with the marriage laws of the jurisdiction, without religious content, it is a civil marriage.
Marriage law refers to the legal requirements that determine the validity of a marriage, and which vary considerably among countries.

Civil marriage

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When a marriage is performed and carried out by a government institution in accordance with the marriage laws of the jurisdiction, without religious content, it is a civil marriage.
A civil marriage is a marriage performed, recorded and recognised by a government official.

Cohabitation

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Since the late twentieth century, major social changes in Western countries have led to changes in the demographics of marriage, with the age of first marriage increasing, fewer people marrying, and more couples choosing to cohabit rather than marry.
Cohabitation is an arrangement where two or more people are not married but live together.

Incest taboo

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Whom they marry may be influenced by gender, socially determined rules of incest, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice and individual desire.
All human cultures have norms that exclude certain close relatives from those considered suitable or permissible sexual or marriage partners, making such relationships taboo.

Divorce

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These changes included giving wives legal identities of their own, abolishing the right of husbands to physically discipline their wives, giving wives property rights, liberalizing divorce laws, providing wives with reproductive rights of their own, and requiring a wife's consent when sexual relations occur.
Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is the process of terminating a marriage or marital union.

Marriageable age

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In the 21st century, there continue to be controversies regarding the legal status of married women, legal acceptance of or leniency towards violence within marriage (especially sexual violence), traditional marriage customs such as dowry and bride price, forced marriage, marriageable age, and criminalization of consensual behaviors such as premarital and extramarital sex.
Marriageable age (or marriage age) is the minimum age at which a person is allowed by law to marry, either as a right or subject to parental, judicial or other forms of approval.

Institution

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Typically, it is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned.
) Most important institutions, considered abstractly, have both objective and subjective aspects: examples include money and marriage.

Wife

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These changes included giving wives legal identities of their own, abolishing the right of husbands to physically discipline their wives, giving wives property rights, liberalizing divorce laws, providing wives with reproductive rights of their own, and requiring a wife's consent when sexual relations occur.
A wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship.

Husband

Historically, in most cultures, married women had very few rights of their own, being considered, along with the family's children, the property of the husband; as such, they could not own or inherit property, or represent themselves legally (see, for example, coverture).
A husband is a male in a marital relationship, who may also be referred to as a spouse or partner.

Extramarital sex

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In the 21st century, there continue to be controversies regarding the legal status of married women, legal acceptance of or leniency towards violence within marriage (especially sexual violence), traditional marriage customs such as dowry and bride price, forced marriage, marriageable age, and criminalization of consensual behaviors such as premarital and extramarital sex.
Extramarital sex occurs when a married person engages in sexual activity with someone other than his or her spouse.

Affinity (law)

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Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally recognised union between people, called spouses, that establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.
In law and in cultural anthropology, affinity is the kinship relationship created or that exists between two people as a result of someone's marriage.

Bride price

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In the 21st century, there continue to be controversies regarding the legal status of married women, legal acceptance of or leniency towards violence within marriage (especially sexual violence), traditional marriage customs such as dowry and bride price, forced marriage, marriageable age, and criminalization of consensual behaviors such as premarital and extramarital sex.
Bride price, bridewealth, or bride token, is money, property, or other form of wealth paid by a groom or his family to the family of the woman he will be married to or is just about to marry.

Bigamy

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In the countries which do not permit polygamy, a person who marries in one of those countries a person while still being lawfully married to another commits the crime of bigamy.
In cultures where monogamy is mandated, bigamy is the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another.

Group marriage

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If a marriage includes multiple husbands or wives, it can be called group marriage.
Group marriage is a non-monogamous marriage-like arrangement where three or more adults live together, all considering themselves partners, sharing finances, children, and household responsibilities.

Human sexual activity

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Typically, it is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned.
Relative to other animals, human mating strategies are unique in their relationship with cultural variables such as the institution of marriage.