That would be the revisionist, devoid of gender references, view of marriage.<quoted text>
Two consenting adults who wish to make a life long commitment to one another. Sometimes that doesn't work out and they get divorced but that is the idea.
Here's another. A man and a woman, both consenting adults, who wish to make a life long commitment to eqch other, join together, as husband and wife, in a publicly, culturally, socially, and legally recognized union, orientated around both their emotional bond and physical sexual union, the latter, connects them to any children their union may produce.
It's not an issue of whether or not I approve, disapprove, or "...not your call to make", but rather what is best for society as a whole. There are a variety of family structures in our society, including families headed by SSCs, plural marriage families. But the state does not confer on the adults in those variety of non nuclear families, the designation, "marriage".And as far as married couples raising their own children, my husband and I have been married for 10 years and are raising our 5 year old son. And yes I know several others, I using the other couples / parents I know to show it's not all the same. You may not like or approve of it, but that's not your call to make for other people, is it?