For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.
“Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate. … whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.”
The sacrament reveals the religious dimension of marriage. Besides the human, social and legal dimensions of marriage – the public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person – sacramental marriage is also a public statement about God. The celebration of each of the sacraments reveals something of this ultimate reality: who God is and who God is for us.