Hi: Marriage (my wife and I have been married 50 years), is stated clearly in Genesis 2:24. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." It is to be a forever arrangement. Matthew 19:6. "So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, lot not man put asunder." There is a lot of controversy, as to whether their should be a ceremony before a judge, justice of the peace, or a minister. In my view, Israel's history shows there was a religious ceremony when two people (man and woman) were wed. We were married in church with a hundred people or so present. Also, I believe (my opinion, and I believe Biblical teaching), that living together does not constitute a marriage.