No one got divorced in the sixties. You made your bed and you had to lay in it...forever, or so it seemed. That was the day of the sleezey private eye who had to prove infidelity. I think that was one of the few acceptable grounds for divorce. Wife beating didn't count. Alcoholism and drug addiction didn't count. Nothing seemed to count except infidelity.
Everything had a consequence back then. Or so it seemed. Of course, there was arsenic, then, too. If you couldn't act openly, there were always other ways.
Catholics married for life. If you divorced, you couldn't be in the church. If you were an observant Jew, you could get a civil divorce, but you had to get a religious divorce, too. That meant going to a high rabbi and spitting in the shoe thing. That was the most shaming. The civil divorce was just a fight and an unfair, ugly one at that. At least for my family. Not only was divorce not done in general, it certainly wasn't done in the Jewish community.
You became unwelcome. It was like having a disease. Leprosy, maybe.
Now, what is it? One in every three marriages ends in divorce. Getting married is relatively easy. Having a no fault divorce is easy, too. If there are no kids and no property, just a civil separation will do.
This is not the case in Israel. In Israel, it is not so easy to marry. You have to provide proof that you are Jewish. Included in that is what group you come from. A Cohen cannot marry an Israelite. Maybe they are not as strict about this anymore. But a Jew cannot legally marry a non-Jew. If you want to be legally married, then you have to go to Greece. I think your marriage would then be recognized. In any case, getting married in Israel is not an easy thing to do. Getting divorced...that has to be even more complicated.
In Muslim countries, there are temporary marriages. I watched some program on that, and it is a legal fooling around arrangement. There are some financial benefits involved. It is not a forever match. Then again, there is legal polygamy, like the Mormons. We are actually supporting these multiple wives. The Brits are, too.
So, the consequences of any act are not so permanent any more. Acts are not so dire anymore. It's all rather confusing. All this redefinition of everything.
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