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But though I think the relationship between marriage and social utility is more complicated than I fully understand, I do get a nagging sense of doubt about the idea that all the utility is caused by the sex and the romantic love that a couple shares.


Um, I you ask just about anybody before the 20th century about the social utility of marriage, they'd answer that to provide an environment for raising children. The sex is relevant because that's how children are produced. As for love, in many places the question of whether it was good to love your spouse was a hotly debated controversy.






Then why did childless marriages happen?

A major benefit of marriages, ignoring child rearing, is that, in many cases, working together is more efficient than working independently, and so I hypothesize that childless marriages have benefits than two bachelors living independently, and since homosexuals are very unlikely to get in a heterosexual relationship, the only question is whether those benefits to efficiency because of working together are greater than the detriments to the nation because of the cost of the marital benefits.
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