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October 3, 2013 - 9:00 am
Who will speak for the young women of Iran?

Who will speak for the young women of Iran?

According to an article in yesterday’s Washington Times, Iran has passed a law which, if ratified by the “Guardian council,” would allow men to marry their adopted daughters once the child reaches the age of 13.

This might seem like a non-event, since the law currently already allows for the marriage of girls at the age of 13 with their father’s consent. But if you realize that Iran allows for polygamy and that a stepdaughter most certainly counts as an “adopted daughter,” the evils of the law will become evident.

Children’s rights activists are alarmed, The Guardian in the United Kingdom reported.

“This bill is legalizing pedophilia,” said Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer for Justice for Iran, a legal group headquartered in London. “It’s not part of the Iranian culture to marry your adopted child. Obviously incest exists in Iran more or less as it happens in other countries across the world. But this bill is legalizing pedophilia and is endangering our children and normalizing this crime in our culture.”

Lest we forget or wish to pretend all cultures are alike and that Iran is a civilized and reasonable country.

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Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. Hoyt.com or check out her writing and life blog at According to Hoyt.com.

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Are you sure a stepdaughter counts? Judaism does not prohibit marrying adopted relatives (for the simple reason that adoption is a Roman idea that does not really exist in Judaism) unless it looks to others like incest - but relations with a stepdaughter carries the death penalty.
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May his son bear an unsettling resemblance to Frank Sinatra.
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And we have been maligning Navokov all these years when all he was talking about was a standard Iranian family affair. On the other hand comedians can now recycle all those old West Virginia jokes and giving them a Persian twist.
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So, Woody Allen is going to be the next convert?
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I don't see how it "legalizes pedophilia" when its already legal to marry a girl at 13. All the law really does is widen the pool of available 13 year old girls.
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