[...] 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.

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