I’m a 26 year old guy from Minnesota, and I have a close female friend. We’ve been friends for over a decade. Neither of us have any intention to get married (to anyone), and are both happy with our current friendship.
The characteristics of our friendship are as follow:
a. Long-term: we see this as a lifelong relationship
b. Non-marital: we do not intend to get married, as a matter of personal preference
c. Non-sexual: we do not intend to have sex or have any sexual activity
d. Non-cohabitative: we are currently living separately and will continue to live separately unless circumstances change.
e. Romantic: we go out on “dates” often. E.g. we have dinners together, attend events together, etc.
f. Emotionally intimate: we share our personal lives and feelings with each other
g. Physical contact: we hold hands, hug, kiss lightly but do not engage in any act that may be deemed sexual - no contact with private regions, no passionate kissing, etc.
Is it **immoral **to be in such a relationship, given that there is nothing sexual about our friendship, even though it is closer than what is conventional?