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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. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that "Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses."

From Wikipedia

Organizations relating to Marriage

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International Federation of Widows' and Widowers' Organizations / Est. 1978
Worldwide Marriage Encounter / Est. 1952
Convention on the Recognition of Divorces and Legal Separations / Est. 1970
Protocol Concerning the Adhesion of States Not Represented at the Third Conference on Private International Law to the Convention of June 12 1902, Relating to the Settlement of the Conflicts of Laws and Jurisdictions as Regards Divorce and Separation / Est. 1923
Convention on the Voluntary Recognition of Children Born out of Wedlock / Est. 1980
Organization of Spouses of the European Commission / Est. 1997
Convention of 6 Feb 1931 Containing Certain Provisions of Private International Law Regarding Marriage, Adoption and Guardianship / Est. 1953
Association of Wives of African Missions
International Ministers' Wives and Widows Association / Est. 1941
Convention Relating to the Settlement of the Conflict of Laws Concerning Marriage / Est. 1902
Convention Concerning the Establishment of an International Scheme for the Maintenance of Rights under Invalidity, Old-age and Widows' and Orphans' Insurance / Est. 1936
Convention Relating to the Settlement of the Conflict of Laws and Jurisdictions as Regards to Divorce and Separation / Est. 1902
Family Life Mission / Est. 1980
European Institute for the Best Interests of the Child / Est. 1992
Association of American Wives of Europeans / Est. 1961
French Association for Multi-Ethnic Couples / Est. 1982
Convention Containing Certain Provisions of Private International Law Regarding Marriage, Adoption and Guardianship / Est. 1931
Convention on Legitimation by Marriage / Est. 1970
Convention Concerning the Issuance of a Certificate of Matrimonial Capacity / Est. 1980
Convention to Facilitate the Celebration of Marriages Abroad / Est. 1964
Commission internationale d'orientation matrimoniale
Parents Forever International / Est. 1985
Judean Society
Association internationale des épouses trahies

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World Problems relating to Marriage

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Abandoned wives
Trafficking in women
Shortage of marriageable women
Impediments to marriage
Forced marriage
Vulnerability of marriage as an institution
Discrimination against unmarried mothers
Pre-marital sexual intercourse
Illegitimate children
Premature marriage
Subjugation of woman to man in marriage
Wife abuse
Sex scandal
Unethical practices of relatives of leaders
Lessening regard for the sanctity of marriage
Naive approach to the marriage covenant
Criminalization of sexual relations out of wedlock

Action Strategies relating to Marriage

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Promoting chaste living for youth
Testing couple compatibility before marriage
Defaulting on alimony
Educating for marriage and family life
Reducing threat to the survival of marriage
Narrowing alternatives for marriage
Training married couples in responsible procreation
Promoting adolescent reproductive health awareness
Providing religious training for marriage
Recovering marriage covenant
Reducing social benefits for non-production of children
Ministering to widows
Improving support for widowers
Deepening image of roles within marriages
Improving image of marriage partnership
War widow
Reducing discrimination against unwed mothers
Reducing marriage refugees
Preventing couples likely to pass on serious genetic deficiencies having children
Studying marriage breakdown
Ignoring marital infidelity
Deserting partner
Separating under marriage law
Denying right to marriage

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