Why do people get married after having children? BBC posed this question last week, in light of British Labour leader Ed Miliband's marriage to his long-time partner and mother of his children, Justine Thornton.
Now, it seems, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are mulling the same thing.
Mr. Pitt, who had previously declared that he and Ms. Jolie would not marry each other until the U.S. made gay marriage legal, said in a new interview their children are giving them reason to change their minds.
“The kids ask about marriage,” he told USA Weekend. “It’s meaning more and more to them. So it’s something we’ve got to look at.” --Globe and Mail
“Brad and Angie have always said they’d marry if the kids needed them to,” a source says. Angelina has admitted multiple times that she and Brad wouldn’t be able to resist their kids’ request. “I think it would be hard to say no to the kids,” she said on Good Morning America and told Vanity Fair, “I honestly think we will [get married], if the kids want us to.” --HollyBaby
Here's the story on UK Labor leader Ed Milliband marrying his long-term girlfriend:
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his long-term partner Justine Thornton are due to get married. They already have two children, so why get hitched?
... Psychologist Donna Dawson, who has specialised in sex and relationships, says it is often about making a public statement."Having the children take part is like a ceremonial creation of a family and a public statement that they are all in it together. It's very much a 21st Century ritual, which more and more people will be doing."
She says even when couples say there isn't a specific reason, there is "always something going on underneath".
"Sometimes it is about marking a different stage in a relationship, or they might have taken a long time because of the bad example they were set by their own parents. There is usually a reason, even if they are not fully aware of it."