Patiently waiting.

Okay ladies. My SO and I have been together A WHILE now. 6 years and a couple months. We've lived together for 5 of those years.

Here's my dilemma:

I am so ready to be married and start a family. I've talked to him about it and he tells me that he does want to marry me but then he jokes around about it. I'm 21 and he's 23. I think it's time to start a family. I WANT a family. A lot of the time he says "ita just a piece of paper." But it's so much more than that to me. And I don't want to have kids until I'm married.