Let’s say I decide to marry a friend, because he has no health insurance, needs it, and I could get him added to mine. I’m female, so SSM isn’t an issue. We’re not related; neither of us is under 18 yrs old. Legally, we are eligable to get married.
If marrying for purely financial reasons, is it a real marriage? What if all of the above is true, but we chose to live in our own houses, across town from each other. How about if we live on opposite sides of the US? Or what if I’ve only ever talked to this friend online, and we meet in person for the first time at the wedding?
So what does it take for you to consider a marriage real? What is the purpose of marriage? Is it to make sex morally correct, or is it a financial contract at heart, usually with sexual side benefits?