Mmm perhaps this would be a good question to ask those people who have an unsatisfactory sex life? Or those couples who have had a partner struck down with a health issue which has ended their sex life? I might be inclined to say that relationships are as unique and diverse as the people involved in them, and when we apply universal dictates of what they should look like we ignore this diversity.
I think sex is an important part of any romantic relationship. However, it is not always possible to be intimate in that way, so other forms of intimacy must come into play. Without intimacy, a romantic relationship cannot last.
My old Aunt back in the 1920's was engaged for 9 long long years!!
Even in those days, it was spoken of a tad toooo long.
She only ever had one child.
They were a funny couple, more friends...than anything else.
So Yes, if the couple were like my old Aunt and Uncle.Maybe it could happen.
Most definitely. Sometimes,whether due to long distance between partners,or illness,this element of the relationship has to take a back seat(for want of a better expression,NOT the back seat of the car!!!!Hee Hee!!)and it does not mean that there is any less love there.In fact it can prove the exact opposite is the case!
Of course! There are many types of love, not just physical - think siblings, parents, grandparents, best mates.....I met my partner (we have a non sexual relationship) on platonicpartners; thank goodness for them believing in love sans sex. Open your minds and hearts, people, love is here to stay!
Of course a relationship will last without sex but the question is how long for. Regardless of urges etc. If there is no sex it could be an issue if you were to want children. Sex is part of human nature an is a must
I'd ask the question a different way - "if you don't think a relationship with someone would survive without sex, is it really genuine love you're feeling?" If the answer to this is "no" I wouldn't bother going through any marriage vows...