Jay points out ...
Fifty years ago divorce in Canada, leave aside England, was a difficult, expensive, blame-casting business. It reflected the then prevailling view that marriage was, by definition, forever. The evolution of the Divorce Act demonstrates that the definition of "marriage" is a fluid, dynamic and socially constructed thing.Marriage has seen many changes over the years, some of the obvious include:
"One man, one woman, forever." became "One man, one woman, for as long as they stay together". It is not a huge stretch to say, "Two people, committed."
- Women can choose instead of being "given" away
- Women are no longer the property of their husband
- Women have the right to their own assets
- People of different races can marry each other
- The words obey are no longer in civil marriages