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Posted on Jan 16, 2014

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Just one in three millennials is leading his or her own household, while the same percentage still live with parents. Is marriage dead? Readers of The Guardian respond.

The view that young people today simply disdain marriage does not survive a reading of comments on the topic from youths around the world. The majority of respondents, 66 percent, said they planned to get married at some point. An additional 22 percent said marriage might be in their future. Only 12 percent said they rejected the idea outright.

“What became clear from the responses submitted is that millennials like to think of marriage as an option rather than a requirement. An option to be taken advantage of at the right time—whether that means after one has established a career path, bought a home or just saved enough for the ceremony itself,” the paper reported.

Here’s one such response:

Racine, 24, Toronto, Ontario

Relationship Status: In a relationship

Do you ever see yourself getting married? Yes

Financial stability and independence are the biggest factors [for me]. My boyfriend and I still haven’t found good, stable jobs, despite having undergraduate degrees. We might consider [getting] more education in the future before we settle down. Also, having stable housing, a car and some travel experience are prerequisites.

For me personally, marriage is something I consider very important not only on a political, socio-economic viewpoint but also from a religious/spiritual stance. I’m a Roman Catholic, so my views of marriage are strongly based on my religious beliefs.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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