Marriage and Family. Every
grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. Men
and women have the same rights when they are married, and when they are
Now read the short story about this important human right.
Marriage and Family
is twenty years old. She is a successful college student. Her boyfriend
Calvin is not a successful college student. He did not go to college.
Instead, he decided to open a business.
A year goes by and
Marcia finishes her first year in college. Calvin does very well with
his business too. He has many customers and a few good employees.
One day, Calvin asks Marcia to marry him. She wants to say yes.
parents do not want her to say yes. They think that she is too young
for marriage. They say that Calvin is not good for her. He does not go
to college. He will not have a college degree.
She tries to
explain her point of view to them. "I am an adult. I know that I want
to be Calvin's life partner," she says. "He is a good person and I love
him. We are good for each other. We make a good team. It does not
matter if he does not get a college degree. He can take good care of
Her parents continue to try to talk Marcia out of marriage
right up until their wedding day. Marcia puts on her white dress and
her mother says, "Are you sure you want to do this? You are so young.
Maybe you should wait."
Marcia rolls her eyes, "Yes, Mom. I am very sure."
and Calvin do marry. They rent a nice apartment together. Marcia
continues to do well in school. Calvin's business grows. They begin to
talk about a family and children.
Marcia's parents see how happy
Calvin makes her, and how stable their family is. They begin to
understand Marcia's point of view.
Finally, Marcia's mother
says, "You are right, Marcia. You were always right. You are an adult
and you do have the right to marry and to start a family. Calvin is a
good choice. We are proud of you both!"