婚姻是大多数社区和宗教的一种文化，自几个世纪以来随着人类日益增长的愿望和要求而不断演变。婚姻是一种文化，可以说是对自然的一种回答，因为自然没有文化价值，更持久、更透明、更开放。婚姻是一种制度，人们用来赋予他们的愿望的意义，寻求一些永久的东西，作为一个终生的情感，身体，社会，和全天候的伴侣(de Jonge, 2011)。
Marriage is a culture in most communities and religions and it has been evolving since centuries after adjusting with the growing aspirations and demands of humankind. Marriage is a culture which can be said to be an answer to nature, because nature has not cultural values and is more permanent, transparent, and open. Marriage is an institution that people use to give meaning to their desires of seeking something permanent and someone as a life-long emotional, physical, social, and an all-weather partner (de Jonge, 2011).
In the western countries, marriage is considered to be a pure institution especially in Christianity, where the couple fall in love with each other and make commitments in front of their holy God in the church, indicating a very solid commitment in the entire social structure of the western countries. It has evolved since centuries and has been evolving ever since and even today, marriage is seen in innumerable perspective through all types of generations of people which are conflicting. Thus, when there is a generational gap in perspectives about marriage, it indicates that the social structure formed is not complete and absolute as supposed by the rational choice theory and that it cannot be the basis of the argument as it is not reflecting the entirety of the social structure that gives a universal meaning to marriage.
In the Middle Eastern countries, marriage is again traditional and the Muslim religion has a different perspective where a make can marry more than one women if given a chance. This is a pure religious belief in the Muslim world, and it is again coming from a sociological perspective of religious values defining marriage institution. Religion is more involving in marriage in the Muslim world and dominates its definition and formation of the broader social structure. There are exceptions also as the Muslim worlds also have internal conflicts about marriage and there are branches of its own religion that stresses the importance of a sin gel marriage between a male and a women. Thus, the social structure formed about marriage is more conflicting in the Middle Eastern countries.
Europe is again similar to the US, but it has its own share of atheists who have varied belief of marriage. For some, it may not be an emotional support but a necessary evil as imposed by the unreligious ancestors who have poor reasoning about the necessity of marrying. Europeans who are of different origins have different beliefs of marriage from considering it as holy, pure, dramatic, need-based, physical only, emotional only, etc. Thus, the institution of marriage in Europe has various assumptions and comes from different interpretation of their own understanding of social structures.
Asian countries are more the most aggressive about considering marriage as the most holy event in an individual life and considers it often as the union of two souls. The institution is based on a single marriage only between individuals of opposite gender, and they are more inclined to follow it through life. There has been successful marriages and failed marriages in this religion also, even though after it being considered to be holy and pure. Thus, marriage is more meaningful event in Asia and forms the most important event in the entire family, let alone the individuals tying the knot.
Marriage is thus the harbinger of union of two opposite genders for whatever reasons sought for by the marrying couple, and this belief forms the most common denominator of marriage and its development in the social structure of various religions and societies (Fine, 1982). Marriage is seen as a necessity by many, whereas there are people who deny its necessity and instead propose and promote free thinking action and satisfy individual needs without getting into a commitment for life. This particular belief of satisfying the needs of individuals as and when it arises, coincides with the economists’ belief of individuals seeking financial freedom and happiness for themselves. However, the acceptance of the economists’ belief about using individual desires of seeking money, happiness, and successful life is completely different from what is understood about marriage. If it is believed that individual satisfy their needs arising for marriage like situation for time being and then separate, it would be a chaotic situation and marriage as an institution will weaken its stand in most religions.