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For a long time, I didn’t think it was. Up until very recently, I didn’t even believe in marriage. I just didn’t get it. And for a lot of reasons.
Who Needs a Piece of Paper?
For most of my life, I thought marriage took the romance out of love—the idea that a piece of paper was going to make any union stronger was laughable. Marriage was merely a legal document. What place did the government have in my relationship anyway? A signed lease was the only piece of paper I was interested in when it came to my partnership.
I’ve never been the type to fantasize about the day I say, “I do.” Sure, weddings are fun. Weddings are poignant. But weddings are also a waste of money. At the end of the great night that was my sister’s wedding, I’ll never forget how hard she cried. After a year of planning, the day finally came and poof—it was over. She felt as if all she had time to do was say hello to everyone. And then they were gone. That didn’t sound like something I wanted to drop 5 figures on.
Speaking of money, marriage would also cost me a lot of it come tax time. My partner and I are one of the rare cases where the marriage tax penalty applies. Combining our incomes would put us in a much higher tax bracket—especially for me. So financially, marriage didn’t add up.
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