Hi all! I guess this is my introductory/rant post. I think it is really cool that this community was created... I only know one other person in real life (my boyfriend) who shares my views on marriage. We've been dating for little over 3 and a half years, and we have never felt the need to have a big, creepy ceremony to declare our love.
Also the thought of signing a piece of paper saying we will continue to love each other seems ridiculous to us. How can you promise you will still love someone one, ten, or eighty years from now? If we decide our relationship isn't working anymore we don't want to be stuck with a legal obligation to either stay together, bitter and unhappy, or pay buttloads of money to split up.
I am extremely individualistic: I don't believe in binding myself to another person. I like to be free of obligation, or from being dependent upon someone else. I think it shows a more "pure" feeling of love when you hang out with someone simply because you enjoy their company, not because you have to due to some sense of duty and long-term commitment. It also helps to eliminate all those petty feelings of jealousy and insecurity that seem to plague couples.
Somewhat similar to a previous member, I am an atheist, anarchist, childfree, and non-monogomous (in the sense that my bf and I don't restrict sex to within our relationship)... so I have absolutely NO reason to feel I should get married.
Anyway, it's nice to be here among like-minded people! Sorry about the long lecture :P it's just so relieving to be able to speak frankly about what I think without people freaking out all over the place.