Originally Posted by DonkyPuncher
Most women get married when they are adults, why would an adult have to ask the wife's parent's for permission??
On that note marriage is a dying tradition in itself
That's a good point. The tradition legally stems from the Tort of Seduction. A father could sue in civil court the person who married/took away the daughter, because the daughter (and wife and minor-sons) were basically property.
Now it's morphed into a show of respect, but it doesn't seem that genuinely respectful or necessary to me.