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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

The pamphlet is/was real; the claim "a guide to welfare" is false The pamphlet is/was real and caused a stir in the Swedish news, for example: Aftonbladet (in Swedish) The pamphlet was published on ...
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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

For completeness, here is the full 4 page pamphlet together with an English translation: Information to you who are married to a child Child marriage is illegal in Sweden In Sweden it is ...
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Is a married woman in Michigan required to have her husband's permission to cut her hair?

The claim is false. For at least 171 years (93%) of Michigan's 184 year existence, married women in Michigan have NOT needed their husband's permission to do anything to their hair. Since 1850, the ...
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Is it prohibited to marry more than one woman in US?

There is an aspect of this that is overlooked by the question and the existing answers. In most US states, there are no laws regarding people living as if they were married without being legally ...
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Is it prohibited to marry more than one woman in US?

Bigamy - marrying another person while still being married - is illegal in the United States. You can receive fines and / or prison time, depending on the state. For example, in Utah, Bigamy is a "...
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties? Yes and no: Yes: It's a real (albeit recent) story There is a lawsuit, and it is in Idaho The people involved are "ordained ...
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Are 93% of meat worker marriages in shambles?

I messaged the creator of the video, asking: In one of your videos you write "The FDA estimates that 93% of meat worker marriages are in shambles". is that just a joke or do you have a source for ...
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Is Ellen DeGeneres legally married because of Obama?

Some of Obama's actions as President were instrumental in ensuring that DeGeneres and her wife are considered to be married under US federal law and the laws of all 50 US states. This is a reasonable ...
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Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

Until the IRS rule requiring SS to claim dependents, the usual time to get a SS # was when you applied to your first job. A person who never applied for a job might not ever have applied. In the early ...
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Is it a felony in Montana for a wife to open her husband's mail?

Actually, it is a federal crime to open another person's mail, regardless of whether you are related to them. The relevant statute is 18 U.S. Code § 1703 - Delay or destruction of mail or ...
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Are forced marriages allowed in Iran?

Additional information to Mohammad's answer, too long for a comment: Article 1041 - Marriage before the age, of majority is prohibited. Note - Marriage before puberty by the permission of the ...
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"Chance for a Spinster": Is this a real newspaper advertisement from 1865?

As Samuel said, the particular version shown in the OP is from 02 September 1865 Harpers. However, the story had been circulating and distorting for at least a month by this time. The earliest ...
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Is a married woman in Michigan required to have her husband's permission to cut her hair?

There is a video of a Michigan attorney debunking that claim. While he points out correctly that it is comparatively hard to prove a negative, he has tried to do just that. See the first of the points ...
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Did men sell their wives on Wednesbury market?

They are not a myth, no. Wife selling in England was a way of ending an unsatisfactory marriage by mutual agreement that probably began in the late 17th century, when divorce was a practical ...
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Does Netherlands accept child marriages registered in the country of origin?

The answer is no as of 2016 with reference to the policies of the Government of Netherlands. What is the government’s policy on child brides and forced marriages?: If a married asylum seeker ...
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Is the declining desirability of marriage gender specific?

The share of young men (ages 18 to 34) who say that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things in their lives has dropped six percentage points since 1997, from 35% to 29%. For ...
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Are modern women disposed to hypergamy more than men?

Actually it might be the opposite for USA in contrast to Australia. Immigration and Status Exchange in Australia and the United States Kate H. Choi,* Marta Tienda, Deborah Cobb-Clark, and Mathias ...
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Does contraception cause infidelity and/or divorce?

As others have pointed out, there are problems with the original questions, but that does not invalidate the original idea. A primary usage of contraceptives is to prevent children, and we know they ...
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Does marriage between first cousins double the risk of birth defects?

Yes, according to Fact Sheet 18 | WHEN PARENTS ARE RELATED – CONSANGUINITY: If parents are unrelated, their risk for having a child with a birth defect or disability is between 2% and 3%. If ...
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Is the key legal, historical reason that marriage exists in the United States to regulate procreation?

The case in question is Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013) which ended up being a key court decision allowing for same-sex marriage in California and is closely related to Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). The ...
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Is the spread of internet porn reducing marriage rates?

The cause and effect relationship might be the other way around. People are using pornography because they aren't getting married (or having other forms of intimate relationships) as much as they ...
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Is a married woman in Michigan required to have her husband's permission to cut her hair?

This claim has changed over time. It may have originated as a Wisconsin story. I found some key details in the March 29, 1954 edition of the The Holland Evening Sentinel: There is a famous case of a ...
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Are forced marriages allowed in Iran?

It's false. Definition of forced marriage: Forced marriage describes a marriage that takes place without the free or valid consent of one or both of the partners and involves either physical or ...
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Did Kim Davis just want her name removed from the marriage licenses?

The New York Times reported: The clerk, Kim Davis of Rowan County, Ky., was ordered detained for contempt of court and later rejected a proposal to allow her deputies to process same-sex marriage ...
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Is the spread of internet porn reducing marriage rates?

I find it highly unlikely that you can prove anything like this hypothesis by any statistical method. Even if some researchers believe it. Beeing a sceptic I find that the world is full of believers ...
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Did East Germany (or other countries) require a physical exam in order to obtain a marriage license?

This is a misunderstanding of the claim. This is not about premarital exams but rather about gender identity. East German law required that a marriage was between a woman and a man (something that was ...
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Is the key legal, historical reason that marriage exists in the United States to regulate procreation?

The first statement is true but incomplete. The key reason that marriage has existed at all in any society and at any time is that sexual relationships between men and women naturally produce ...
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Is Idaho forcing pastors to conduct same-sex weddings or face penalties?

In a word, "no". Recent news includes, Hitching Post switching to 'religious corporation' to avoid same-sex marriages, which says, So, on October 6, the Knapps filed paper work with the State of ...
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Is a woman murdered every 20 minutes for dowry?

A study from thelancet.com reported: In India about 20 000 murders are committed every year, of which women constitute about 10%–15% of the total, ie, about 2000 to 2500 per year. Homicidal ...
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