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Subject:  Re: Marriage Penalty Returns Date:  1/21/2013  4:57 AM
Author:  foo1bar Number:  117454 of 127513

"Who are the marriage vows to? The spouse."

Alone? Not at any wedding I've ever attended. My understanding of the presence of the guests has never been that they're just there to provide swag for the happy couple.

The promises (vows) at every wedding I've attended have been from one spouse to the other.
I don't believe I've *ever* heard either spouse make a promise to the guests.
The guests IMO are there
1> to celebrate the occasion
2> to act as witnesses to the contract

When you examine it as a contract (without the marriage word attached to it), you can see it as an agreement between two people.
And like other contracts between two parties, it can be changed or dissolved if the two parties agree.
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