Marriage in 2010 is in no way regarded the same way it was just 50 years ago. So much has changed from the age of people who marry, who you are allowed to marry both legally and within socially accepted arrangements, and now laws are changing on who can marry, and the equality of marriage. Marriage does not seem to be regarded with as much meaning as it used to, by many people today. Even the way we gawk at our celebrities and their marriages has changed.
How “good” marriage is today depends on your idea of how marriage should be. Personally, I would agree that marriage is better today than it has been, but not everyone would agree. This is the bitter balance between the sanctity of marriage, and the marriage equality that holds just as much importance to others. I think that marriage is better today because I am less concerned with retaining the meaning marriage once held in our society, and I am more interested in seeing true equality for who can marry, weather that be race, sexuality, or something else, within reason. Our laws and our ideas are changing and becoming more open to bi-racial and homosexual partnerships, and when marriage is an option for everyone equally, and we are past our social stigmatism, the true meaning of marriage will be universal.
We have come a long way from smiting celebrities like singer June Carter for her 1956 divorce of her first husband, to boisterously consuming actress/ humanitarian Angelina Jolie with two divorces, six children and her five year relationship with Brad Pitt stating they will marry if their children ask them to. Despite the importance some hold and some have let go of, marriage is by far better when everyone is given the opportunity.