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Why Be Married? For the Respect

I just noticed that it's been more than a month since I added to my Why Be Married series. There are so many great reasons. Today, one that's close to my heart, as my first husband died without warning at the very young age of 35.

Respect is a very good reason to be married to the person you love:

  • The respect you receive as a husband or wife if your mate is in a car accident, a fall, or a shooting and someone must be notified of their death or hospitalization
  • The respect you receive as a wife or husband if your mate is ever wrongly accused of a crime and you are in possession of information that could somehow be used against the person with whom you share expenses, future plans, maybe even children
  • The respect you receive from your mate's employer when it is time to honor his or her contributions at work
  • The respect you receive from a prospective employer looking for someone who can handle responsibility and commitment
It's not that no one else deserves the same respect, but that the seriousness of the vow of marriage automatically confers all of this respect on you. It changes you, and it changes others' perceptions of you. Marriage matters.

If you are looking for more reasons to be married, I have turned some of my earlier posts in this series into an eBook. You can download your copy from the eBooks section of my Enjoy Being Married website.

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