By Catherine Ziten
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In the 20th century, people living in the province of Quebec underwent a shift in their opinion of marriage as a step into adulthood; in turn, previous religious motivations for matrimony were cast aside and the act of marriage was viewed as an unnecessary inconvenience in a declining religious society. Consequently, the way forward for most Quebecers was a life of "coupledom" without fear of repercussion for lack of a sanctified union.
Interestingly, the shift against marriage in Quebec has not completely terminated weddings or the act of marriage altogether. In fact, a huge wedding industry thrives in the city of Montreal, which caters to couples who do choose marriage as their united path forward. While couples avoid marriage for many reasons; from the cost of a wedding to the reality that love and happiness are not permanent in any relationship, the act of marriage itself defines the growth of an individual and a relationship and pays tribute to traditional family values, while at the same time, offers additional protection (in the eyes of the law) to couples who have officially married.