Balanced View On Premarital Sex

The Buddha definitely didn’t encourage premarital sex, probably as it can lead to many problems like heartbreak when there is betrayal, indulgence, unwanted pregnancy… but he didn’t speak strongly against it either – if it’s an agreement between consenting adults – they must be grown-ups (not under guardianship, underaged or engaged with someone else) and it must be consensual (not forced). Does that make the Buddha a liberal or conservative? Neither. More of fairly on the Middle Path I would think.