152 votes

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 ...
jkej's user avatar
  • 2,047
60 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Barry Harrison's user avatar
37 votes

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

Firstly, let's take the emotive language out of the claim. The report takes the definition of "child marriage" to be a marriage involving any party under the age of 18 years old, and ...
IMSoP's user avatar
  • 8,956
31 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Avery's user avatar
  • 45.8k
23 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Nate Eldredge's user avatar
22 votes

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 ...
George White's user avatar
  • 1,208
15 votes

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 ...
Peter's user avatar
  • 1,406
13 votes

"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 ...
DavePhD's user avatar
  • 107k
12 votes

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 ...
Peter - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
8 votes

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 ...
pericles316's user avatar
  • 22.7k
5 votes

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 ...
DavePhD's user avatar
  • 107k
5 votes

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

A bit of back-of-the-napkin math with census data suggests there were probably somewhere between 2-3 million 16- and 17-year-olds Really there are over 8.5 million who are/were 16 or 17 That seems a ...
DavePhD's user avatar
  • 107k
5 votes

Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

Yes. ...it has long been nearly impossible to function in the US without a number... While Social Security numbers (SSN) are ubiquitous today, and women's rights have advanced, I believe this ...
Schwern's user avatar
  • 18.3k
4 votes

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 ...
Avery's user avatar
  • 45.8k
4 votes

Was it ever common in the USA for women to use their husbands' Social Security Numbers as their own?

According to Tools for Evaluating Health Technologies (1995), a publication of the 103rd Congress, at page 50 in a portion written by Jeff Whittle of the Veterans Administration: For example, women ...
DavePhD's user avatar
  • 107k
4 votes

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 ...
Shadur's user avatar
  • 3,364
4 votes

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 ...
Ray Butterworth's user avatar
4 votes

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 ...
ghellquist's user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
rjzii's user avatar
  • 17k
3 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Sakib Arifin's user avatar
  • 15.7k
3 votes

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 ...
quarague's user avatar
  • 1,757
2 votes
Accepted

Did East Germany (or other countries) require a physical exam in order to obtain a marriage license?

We don't need to go so back far in time: mandatory genital inspections (in the sense of, if you don't do it, you can't get legally married) arose in Victoria, Australia, prior to same-sex marriage ...
Rebecca J. Stones's user avatar
2 votes

Did East Germany (or other countries) require a physical exam in order to obtain a marriage license?

I understand from the comments that this question isn't limited to "Did East Germany do physical examinations to determine the sex of engaged people?" but "Did any jurisdiction require ...
Oddthinking's user avatar
  • 142k
2 votes

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 ...
Paul Johnson's user avatar
  • 16.6k
1 vote

"Chance for a Spinster": Is this a real newspaper advertisement from 1865?

The 'ad' is obviously a joke. "Humors of the Day" is to Harper's Weekly what "Laughter is the Best Medicine" is to Reader's Digest. To be absolutely sure, just look up from the ad on this page from ...
Jolenealaska's user avatar
1 vote

Are forced marriages allowed in Iran?

According to Early and Forced Marriages in the Islamic Republic of Iran: on average, 177 typical primary and secondary girl schools are shut down because their student bodies are forced to marry ...
DavePhD's user avatar
  • 107k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible