So during my time here on GaG I have often got into debate regarding the value of marriage. Personally, I have no desire to get married. I'm in a long term, committed relationship. I envisage myself spending the rest of my life with my partner and marriage won't change how I feel about him. So, besides any tax breaks (which I don't get in my country anyway) can anyone give one reason why marriage is in any way more beneficial than a long term relationship where you both see yourselves staying together until the end?