Husbands were allowed to divorce their wife if she didn’t fulfill her duties (give birth to children.) During the Mesopotamia period, marriage was not because the two people loved each other, but because of preserving power, fathers’ of ruling class would even marry off their daughters. By doing this, it allowed the families to form alliances, acquire land, and produce legitimate heirs. Future husband, and bride-to-be’s father agreed on a contract that was a price for the maiden’s hand. If the marriage did not go well, and they divorced the father-in-law was entitled to satisfaction.
2007. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Meezan, William, and Jonathan Rauch. "Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and America's Children."
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Gay couples worldwide have been fighting for their right to marry for decades, especially in more recent years where you find it more “common” for someone in the gay community to be publicly out. There are many contradicting beliefs regarding gay marriage, making it difficult for same sex couples to become legally recognized as a married couple, to receive benefits, and the same rights as a heterosexual married couple. Same sex marriage must be legalized nationwide, to allow our society to overcome new obstacles regarding marriage, rights and benefits, and important health decisions. Many citizens argue that: Marriage is not the creature of any State.
As scholars investigate complex family system, the research on how partners work together to parent children increases. Coparenting is a unique component in a family relationship where parents function on a continuum between working together and struggling against each to make parental decisions. Historically, traditional coparenting referred to the collaboration between a man and a woman to raise their children. However, important social changes have led to other forms of coparenting in families. Parenting for gay and lesbian couples is becoming more common today than ever before.
Meezan, William, and Jonathan Rauch. "Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and America's Children." The Future of Children 15.2 (2005): 97-115. JSTOR. Web.
Many women were traditionally married to older men chosen by the girl's father or in other cultures some nuptials were organized by older women in the community like a matchmaker whose opinions were seldom challenged by the people involved. In some cultures marriage is such a life-changing decision that many believe must be made by those with more experience rather than to leave the choice of a spouse to the young involved. Some find that a love match as a foundation for marriage is a better route to happiness such as in Western culture. Love, physical relations, and the joys of infatuation are described extensively in the Hebrew Scriptures as the best way for both of the spouses to live a happy and fulfilled life. Love matches in general allow women the freedom to make choices and have more control of their own happiness.