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Dreaming of a White Wedding: Marriage, Family, and Heteronormativity

Many people assume that they will one day get married. Indeed, over 80% of Americans will get married at least once in their lifetime, and most people who get divorced will remarry (Cherlin 2013). Having a dream or simply an expectation of getting married is not altogether surprising. Long-term partnerships have some well-known benefits: trust, companionship, sexual intimacy, shared finances, and a joint project of raising children.