Marriage, also called matrimony and wedlock, is a legally binding and recognized union of two (or more) individuals who have pledged to spend their lives together. Marriage gives spouses and their children certain protections under the law. Marriage traditions vary by country, culture, and religion, and several types of marriages exist worldwide to meet certain social and economic needs. In addition, some countries only legally recognize certain types of marriages.
Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2020. 2p.