Charlize Theron married...........sort of

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After seven years together, actors Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron have pledged their love and exchanged rings to become husband and wife.

Or did they? The celebrity couple skipped out on all the pomp and paperwork.

"We didn't have a ceremony," says Townsend. "I don't need a certificate or the state or the church to say otherwise. So no there's no big official story on a wedding, but we are married. ... I consider her my wife and she considers me her husband."

While it's refreshing to see a famous couple focusing on the marriage rather than the exorbitant displays of wealth of many celebrity weddings (The Eva Longoria/Tony Parker and Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes affairs spring to mind), I don't understand the aversion to making it legal. Famous couples like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, as well as Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have had children and lasting relationships without the benefit of marriage or the tax breaks it affords.

Is marriage no longer a big deal or this just a Hollywood trend?

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