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the legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship.

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Did almost 300k children get married in 2000–2018 in the USA?

The article Child Marriage in the United States: Prevalence and Implications from the Journal of Adolescent Health makes the following shocking claim right at the top: We found that some 297,033 ...
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Did East Germany (or other countries) require a physical exam in order to obtain a marriage license?

In Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the titular character Is there a historical basis for mandatory premarital exams?
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Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

The December 2015 Uniform Assessment Instrument of Virginia's Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (an instruction manual for administration of certain public social services) contains the ...
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Is a married woman in Michigan required to have her husband's permission to cut her hair?

Many sources indicate that there is a law on the books in Michigan requiring a married woman to get her husband's permission before cutting her own hair. According to the Huffington Post article The ...
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Can John Gottman predict which couples will divorce with extremely high accuracy?

John Gottman (a prominent psychological researcher who has done extensive work on divorce prediction) has some very strong claims about his ability to predict divorce. The claim that led me to start ...
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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

From this tweet, by a tweeter who claims to be located in Sweden: No Joke: Sweden’s board of health and welfare and the migration authority just released this pamphlet called “information to the ...
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Are 93% of meat worker marriages in shambles?

In the Youtube video "The Journey of a Beef Cow" (with 1.1M views as of January 2018), Sam O'Nella Academy makes the claim The FDA estimates that 93% of meat worker marriages are in shambles No ...
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"Chance for a Spinster": Is this a real newspaper advertisement from 1865?

I recently encountered this tweet, claiming that an ad was placed by a man "Looking for a wife in 1865." (Click image to enlarge.) CHANCE FOR A SPINSTER. -- A young man in Aroostook County, ...
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Is Ellen DeGeneres legally married because of Obama?

From 'I am a legally married woman because of him': Ellen DeGeneres farewells Obama "I want to personally thank him for changing my life," DeGeneres said. "I am a legally married woman because of ...
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Are forced marriages allowed in Iran?

The Gatestone Institute says in its piece Islam's "Human Rights": fundamentalists allow forced marriages of female children in countries including Saudi Arabia ... and Iran. It links to the ...
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Did Kim Davis just want her name removed from the marriage licenses?

A commenter at Hot Air writes about Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed for refusing the issue same-sex marriage certificates. Nope she is quite willing to issue marriage ...
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Do married cancer patients have lower death rates than single cancer patients?

This article posted on a Russian news portal claims that American scientists have found a beneficial effect of marriage at treating cancer: Как сообщает Lifenews со ссылкой на The Washington Post, ...
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Does Netherlands accept child marriages registered in the country of origin?

According to NOS, one of the broadcasting organizations making up the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system, 'Netherlands accepts child marriages registered in the country of origin.' Source: NOS ...
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Is it prohibited to marry more than one woman in US?

It's a wide belief between Islamists in my country that in the West, men are not allowed to marry more than one woman even if all parties (both women and the man) accept it, As Islamists view it, ...
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Is a woman murdered every 20 minutes for dowry?

I stumbled upon this image in Google images: The image links to www.50millionmissing.info, which has, indeed, created that poster. The site is dedicated to Indian women. Wikipedia explains the ...
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Does marrying a relative confer fertility benefits?

While doing research today I run into this piece: An Association Between the Kinship and Fertility of Human Couples Previous studies have reported that related human couples tend to produce more ...
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Is the spread of internet porn reducing marriage rates?

This site has previously dealt with the question of whether porn use reduces bad sexual behaviour, sex-crime. A recent Washington Post story, Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think ...
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Did men sell their wives on Wednesbury market?

To my knowledge wife sales on Wednesbury market were a bit of a family legend my great-grandfather used to tell. However, it seems to be more widely spread than that. I have found an article which ...
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

According to this article from "ADF" and this in the Washington Post, the city of Coeur d'Alene is requiring the Knapps, an ordained couple, to conduct same sex weddings or face penalties ...
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Is the declining desirability of marriage gender specific?

Of late, and perhaps it is simply the circles I wade through, I have been hearing that there is an imbalance between the decrease in the number of men who wish to get married and the number of women ...
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Is it a felony in Montana for a wife to open her husband's mail?

According to dumblaws.com, in the US state of Montana, It is a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail. That statement has no source. Looking in the Montana Code, I don't see anything under ...
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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 inter-marriages ...
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Are Orthodox Jewish women suffering from a Shidduch (Marriage) Crisis due to an "Age Gap"?

There is a popular opinion in the Orthodox Jewish world that there is such a thing nowadays as a "Shidduch (Marriage) Crisis", and that a major contributor to it is something known as the "Age Gap." ...
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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 in the United States 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 survive to ...
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Is it legal for a Muslim husband to beat his wife in Saudi Arabia?

Today on the 700 Club’s “Bring It On” segment where viewers ask Robertson questions, one man wondered how he should go about repairing his marriage with a wife who “insults” him and once tried 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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Does contraception cause 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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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 ...
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