Marriage in Spain has always had a strong influence on our culture. But how has this influence evolved over the years? In this essay we will consider this question and provide our own insights.
Before transitioning from Franco’s military dictatorship in the late 1970s, marriage was considered the basic pillar of Spain’s traditional family. Every man and woman had to get married as soon as possible to create a family. For this reason, families from that time used to have more than five children. Of course, having children, living under the same roof or even intimate before marrying would have been considered a dishonor in that time. Divorce was not an option either.
After the transition, Spaniards started living with more flexible marriage rules. For example, women were encouraged by the Spanish society to study and work instead of getting married young and take care of the house. Nowadays, men and women get married older and have less children than they used to, because they try to achieve a good work-life balance before creating a family. In addition, the Spanish Government has approved some laws throughout the last thirty years such as divorce, same-sex marriage and civil partnership law. All of them try to cover the necessities of the Spanish citizens with regard to marriage.
To sum up, I personally believe that the concept of marriage in Spain has evolved in a positive way over the last thirty years, adding rights to the citizens and distancing from old-fashioned beliefs and traditions. (by Alberto, NA 2)