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Chapter 8 Notes: Marriage and Parenting Only recently did Canadian law recognize “common law marriage” There has been increasing acceptance of cohabitation for same-sex & opposite sex couples in Canada, and thus Canadian law has extended spousal rights & obligations to “marriage-like relationships”oE.g. for spousal rights: spousal support, Canadian Pension Plan access In 2002, 3 Ontario Supreme Court Judges made a monumental ruling insaying the limitation of marriage of being constituted of a man and a woman was unconstitutional oi.e. same-sex couples should also be considered under marriage oIn the coming years, the rest of the Canadian provinces would follow suit Marriage: 90% of the adult American population eventually marry there is evidence that generation X & Y are more enthusiastic about marriage than older generations At the start of the new millennium, about 2/3rds of Canadians were or had been involved in a legal marital relationship 2006 was the first census that included same-sex marriage couples men and women differ in their orientation towards marriage and how they experience marriage Marriage is much more important for women in fulfilling their adult femininity than it is for men (in fulfilling their adult masculinity) The Traditional Marriage Enterprise has been emphasized as central in women’s lives since the 1800s and the “cult of true womanhood” Marriage for women is still emphasized in today’s Modified Marriage Enterprise, and shares center-stage with paid employment Benefits & motivations for marriage for men & women: In the past In the present Men - Used to provide economic gain through dowry - provides direct economic gain by marrying a partner with 1 | P a g e