What are the Bahai teachings regarding marriage?
The Baha’i Writings refer to marriage as a ‘Fortress for Well-Being’. Both parties in the marriage are each fully equal in rights and station. Baha’i marriage is conditioned on the approval of both sets of parents, however, the parents have no right to dictate who their children shall marry. Here is an excerpt from the writings of ‘Abdu’l Baha regarding marriage: “In a true Bah’ marriage the two parties must become fully united both spiritually and physically, so that they may attain eternal union throughout all the worlds of God, and improve the spiritual life ofeach other. This is Bah’ matrimony. Among the majority of the people marriage consists of physical relationship and this union and relationship is temporary for at the end physical separation is destined and ordained. But the marriage of the people of Bah must consist of both physical and spiritual relationship for both of them are intoxicated with the wine of one cup, are attracted by one Peerless Countenance, are quickened w