Why are people and society as a whole so willing to trample on the institution of marriage and treat it as though it's something only to be obeyed when convenient?
People are quick to complain that the world is going to hell and people are rude now as compared to the "good old days", but then go off and marry quickly when they see someone who's "hot" or "rich". You're not supposed to rush into it at the fastest opportunity, and you're not supposed to marry just because that's what others are doing or because others tell you to. I can understand that some people can marry young, and that's good for them if they can make it work. All too often when they can't, they blame the other person and bring that baggage into other peoples' lives.
And then you get all of these broken marriages in which the children (if any) suffer and that's assuming you're even having children within the marriage and not out of it (hello Jerry Springer). People make sex to be some "yeah sure why not" and then don't even bother to look at the consequences. It's now drama when someone's had a child with somebody and the father could be any one of 6 men.
And these people aren't taught how to look for a mate, taught that honesty, integrity, and all the other things are more important than some "flavor of the month" person who's clearly got a shady history but *seems* to be good. People aren't taught that love isn't what you see in the movies where it's all candles and kisses, but that real love takes work, sacrifice, and effort. And when they don't want to put in that effort they now start deciding to drop out of it.
It doesn't work that way - you can't go and have your cake and eat it too. I'm sorry, but it really does get to me. Live your life as you please, but don't complain if things end up getting horribly messed up because you didn't take the time to learn, understand, and love the person you married and it's now a train wreck. Marriage is supposed to be a lifetime commitment of love, equality, and service to your partner, and they to you, and the reason it's looked upon with such seriousness by the law is because it's exactly that - serious.