[...] opposite-sex couples desiring a traditional marriage could choose the option that generally adopts portions of the covenant marriage law enacted thus far by three states. According to Professors Jennifer Drobac and Antony Page, [b]efore the late eighteenth century, marriage typically only served one or more of three goals: (1) to consolidate wealth and resources, (2) to forge political alliances, and (3) to consummate peace treaties.
James L. Musselman,
What’s Love Got To Do With It? A Proposal for Elevating the Status of Marriage by Narrowing its Definition, While Universally Extending the Rights and Benefits Enjoyed by Married Couples,
16 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy
Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/djglp/vol16/iss1/2