Love and Sex Without Promises by Janice Shaw Crouse, Human Events February 24, 2006 We just returned from a vacation at places favored by couples some on weekend getaways, others honeymooning. We enjoy seeing couples holding hands and stealing kisses. But sadly, growing numbers of couples on getaways together have nothing on their ring fingers. These couples, no doubt, think that their love can survive without promises and commitment, but love requires exclusivity. Love is not love if it doesn't insist "I am yours; you are mine." Popular songs used to have lyrics like "love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage . . . you can't have one without the other." But "progressives" have tried to disavow the connection between love and marriage. Television has brought Hollywood values and dysfunctional relationships into our living rooms and mainstreamed once-bohemian ideas that the commitment of marriage is a barrier to personal fulfillment, an unwanted restriction of independence, and a loss of freedom. As a result of this foolish social experimentation, many people are accumulating crippling emotional baggage in their attempts to have love and sex outside the bonds of marriage. Can't get the URL for this article to work. If you're interested in reading it, go to www.humaneventsonline.com and scroll down to this article.