Not that long ago in Oregon and America, marriage evoked a simple narrative. A man and his “intended” would exchange vows. The woman would take the man’s name. They’d commit to each other for life.
Today, divorce is on the rise. Heterosexual marriage is a shaky proposition. Many partners forgo it. They simply live together. The woman may choose to take the man’s name… or not. Either one may insist on a prenuptial agreement to protect assets should the marriage not take. Divorce, once stigmatized, is as accepted these days as scrapping an old car.