marriage lite

marriage lite

a relationship similar to marriage but without legal implications; civil union concept; living together
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The idea was widely dismissed as a liberal pipe dream--even civil unions, gay marriage lite, seemed a stretch--but now the movement seems unstoppable.
"[The] danger of civil partnership, if it is there alongside marriage, is that it will be seen as 'marriage lite', as it were, where you have a lower standard of fidelity, or whatever it may be, and that seems for me to be a real danger."
If enough couples of every sexual orientation chose domestic partnerships, the social stigma of "marriage lite" would fade away on its own.
Both of the latter two countries seem to be contemplating the introduction of a form of "marriage lite" for currently unmarried intimate cohabitants.
The ALI is clearly focusing on the creation of a form of "marriage lite" for heterosexuals, a return to court-governed common-law marriage, but without extension to same-sex couples and subject to opting out via cohabitation agreements.
My analysis so far suggests that creating a new form of obligated intimate cohabitation in addition to traditional marriage brings forth a new legal form--"marriage lite"--that appears to be useful, especially if modern marriages are more egalitarian than traditional marriages were and therefore the more vulnerable spouse needs less protection.
Adding a new form of obligated cohabitation, the "marriage lite" featured in much recent debate, may provide an alternative that helps spouses to feel confident about making long-term investments of time and effort in their relationships.
In no way should these efforts be misconstrued as a compromise--the creation of legally inferior "marriage lite." Activists have long argued that full civil marriage must be granted to gay and lesbian couples to prevent the development of a separate and inevitably unequal parallel track in the law.