There were meaningful reasons for making Peter Parker single, just as there were good reasons for maintaining the status quo. Quesada’s most signficant argument against the marriage was that it closed opportunities for writers. His central claim was that pretty much any story you could do with the married Spider Man could also be done with a single Peter Parker, albeit one in a committed monogamous relationship with Mary Jane Watson. Meanwhile, there are many stories you should only do with Spider Man as a bachelor.
A married Spider-Man does allow writers to tell stories dealing with the legal mechanics of marriage, such as Peter & MJ renewing their vows. MJ's relatives might take more liberties with Peter if he's her husband, and therefore a member of the family. Though annoying relatives might still show up unannounced for a week or so if Peter wasn't officially a member of the family.
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