Marriage is a social institution in many cultures, under which two (or more) individuals create a familial and legal bond, often forming the basis of a family unit.
Marriage ceremonies, called weddings in Human culture, are usually grounded in ancient ritual, and often have a religious component.
marriage that was plagued by discord was the union between Michael
and Patricia Bickley
. The pair were married and cohabited in quarters
aboard the Federation starship USS Enterprise-D
where they served Starfleet
as the backup flight controller
and operations manager
, respectively. The couple were known to have great affection for each other, passionately kissing
when given occasion, such as under the mistletoe
at the Enterprise Christmas
party, but normal interaction between the two frequently consisted of unanticipated insults and petty bickering. Captain Jean-Luc Picard
had to caution the pair to keep their personal interplay to a minimum when an argument interfered with their duty during an emergency situation that required them to serve side-by-side on the bridge
. (TNG comics
: "... Where No One Has Gone Before!
", "Spirit in the Sky!
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