Living Together Outside Marriage
Webcast Q&A: 19 June 2011, Question 2
I answered a question on living together outside marriage on 19 June 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What do you think of a couple living together outside marriage? Do you think that a romantic couple living together without being married is moral and/or wise? Does the stage of the relationship matter, including whether they plan to marry or not? Does living together before marriage result in a happier or more enduring marriage?
My Answer, In Brief: While living together outside marriage can promote a romantic relationship, if done mostly for convenience or without a clear purpose, it can be damaging. In particular, it can prolong an unworthy relationship or delay marriage.
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