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Marriage and relationships take a lot of work. It isn't a "fairy tale" nor is it guaranteed to have a happy ending. It may take going to counseling, doing a trial separation, talking, compromising. I'm not so old-fashioned that I don't believe in divorce. However, I do believe that it is the last alternative and only used if you've exhausted all other possibilities. Obviously, 72 days is not enough to come to that conclusion.
I just find it disappointing that these celebrities can get married and divorced on a whim and no one is protesting that they are devaluing the meaning of marriage. On the other hand I have friends and family who may want to enter into this union to create a family of their own, to show their love for one another, but can't because a portion of the U.S. population considers it a sin and have elected politicians who take their religion into account when making decisions about our city, state, and country. I believe in love at first sight, falling in love, and the potential for happily ever after (I am a romantic after all, even if it's a practical type of romantic). But my head is not in the clouds and my feet are planted firmly in the ground. My husband and I know that we have to constantly strive for peace in our household. Our alpha personalities clash at times but I just read something recently that we've learned, through all our arguing, to apply to our marriage: "Apologizing does not always mean that you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego."