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Does marriage between first cousins double the risk of birth defects?

From The Guardian: Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects... Is this true? After all, the Rothschilds (richest banking family in human history) are known for ...
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Are Orthodox Jewish women suffering from a Shidduch (Marriage) Crisis?

There is a popular opinion (they also appear in other sources in the Jewish Blogosphere) in the Orthodox Jewish world that there is such a thing nowadays as a "Shidduch [Marriage] Crisis". The idea ...
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Are there 40,000 children of same-sex couples in California?

In 2008, California citizens passed a controversial amendment to the state constitution, Proposition 8, defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Recently, the US Supreme Court has begun ...
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Is the key legal, historical reason that marriage exists to regulate procreation?

During a recent radio show, at approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the broadcast, Charles Cooper is quoted as saying the following in federal appeals court arguments: The key reason that ...
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Do married people live longer than single people?

It is a common belief that married people live longer than single people. For example, The Telegraph reports: Men and women who are married or in long-term relationships are more likely to ...
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Does polygamy result in less infidelity and prostitution?

An answer (now deleted) at the new Islam.SE site made the following claim: If one takes a look at society where polygamy is banned or discouraged, you will see that some men will always try to ...
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Has contraception been shown to have caused increases in infidelity and/or divorce?

Related: Natural family planning and divorce rates A friend of mine attended Catholic Mass today and shared that the homily was entirely about contraception. From her summary, the gist was that the ...
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Are modern women disposed to hypergamy more than men?

Hypergamy is the act or practice of seeking a spouse of higher socioeconomic status. According to Wikipedia: Some evolutionary psychologists believe that women exhibit mate-selective preferences ...
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Can a ship's captain legally marry people?

Source From TV Tropes: "Since the days of the first wooden vessels, all ship masters have had one happy privilege: that of uniting two people in the bonds of matrimony." — Captain James T. ...
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Is the custom in some cultures of having to marry your cousin based on religion? [closed]

I have repeatedly heard of immigrants here in Europe where the children are supposed to marry their cousin, and where there is very strong pressure from the family for this to happen. In some cases ...
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Cohabiting couples more likely to divorce?

v0.2 of myself was Catholic; subsequent revisions have removed this feature from my code base. In any case, I went through Catholic marriage prep, and was married in the Catholic Church. At the ...
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Is spousal abuse primarily initiated by males?

Avoiding exceptions for same-sex couples, is abuse in heterosexual couples more commonly initiated by the husband? I am mostly interested in physical violence that is non-reciprocal. In other words, ...
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Are children from divorced families more likely to become divorced themselves?

I've heard people making this claim both in real life and on TV; but I think one can also argue that children growing up with separated parents are more likely to be careful when getting married, and ...