MANNERS & MORALS: O Promise Me

MANNERS & MORALS

Because about one in every four U.S. marriages fails, the Rev. Gordon B. McKeeman, a Universalist minister in Worcester, Mass., decided that perhaps the old wedding vows were exacting too much of a promise from newlyweds. Now, he said, if the couple agrees, he is willing to change the vow from "So long as ye both shall live," to one he considers more in tune with the times—"So long as ye both shall love."

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