Quoted: Just married (over the Internet)

“There are some problems with willy-nilly allowing anyone around the world to marry.”

Adam Candeub, a professor at Michigan State University College of Law, on proxy marriages — which the New York Times reports are increasingly enabled by the Internet. Couples are saying “I do” via Skype or Google Hangout, making their unions official while a bride is in New York and her groom in Bangladesh, for example. Some states allow proxy marriages when one party is in the military. But the practice is growing in immigrant communities, according to the NYT. Why Candeub and others see issues, not happily ever after: possible immigration fraud, women being married against their will — or brought into the country by sex traffickers.

 

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