[quote="benjammin, post:5, topic:308683"]
While I agree that any consenting adult man and woman should be able to marry no matter their age, I personally at a certain point would give up looking after about 40, maybe 45. As of right now i'm 23 and i've never had a relationship and have dated but never got a second date, and anymore I just feel that God wants me to be single. I'm not thrilled with it, but It doesn't sadden me like it used to. I'm already overweight and losing hair besides not being that interesting, so by 40 i'll be even less attractive, so I might as well just get used to it. Besides, even if I met someone, I'd be worried about birth defects. My mother and father married when she was 38 and he was 45 and had me a year later and had two more kids. I turned out okay, but my brother has Aspergers and my sister has a bunch of health problems due to my mom being on heart medication. I'd rather just not have kids at that point, and since I don't believe in birth control, i'd rather just stay single after I hit 40.
Discerning that you personally do not wish to marry or have serious and compelling reasons to avoid marriage is different than believing that age should be included in a universal norm, though, just to clarify what you're saying. It wouldn't be good if someone were to take your sensible analysis of your own life as some commentary on what people you don't know have done.
My own current belief is that I would not seek a second marriage if I were widowed now, because I, too, am getting older. That doesn't mean I couldn't change my mind, though, if the time ever comes, or that I think it is wrong for anyone else in that situation to seek marriage.