Originally Posted by Kodiak450r
what marriage to me means is a piece of paper that legally declares i'm with someone, and a ring on your finger that tells other people that your taken. you don't need paper and an expensive ring for that...
if you love her, and are committed enough to ensure for her future, it's the easiest way to be certain of at least heading in that direction.
aside from your assertions that it's only a religious carryover from a bygone time - it is in fact a legal contract.
certain legal things such as exposure to or protection from liability can be sheltered through such a contract. additionally certain probate issues are automatically resolved, rather than lingering in court.