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Of course, I have nothing against the religious beliefs of people who adhere to their religion, however, for me personally, marrying of an adult man to a girl is immoral and I can not react indifferently to this topic.

Early marriage and early onset of sexual activity have long-term consequences for women's health.

Also, in poor countries, a young mother, being forced to quit her education and begin to do household work, is deprived of the opportunity to get a profession and is economically or completely dependent on her husband.

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In India and no doubt some parts of the Far East, girls are getting married off at the age of 14. 

I am with you though in that a young innocent girl who doesn't even know who she is at that age being married off to a grown man.

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Humans have proven that the fact we can copulate does not necessarily mean we have sufficient intelligence to manage the consequences  and so the age old question that has resulted from it,  is how to guarantee people who copulate can  manage the consequences of it.

Right now I would say biological age is but one of my precursors that may provide indication of a lack of management ability.

I think most people would fail a test on sexual relations competency.

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7 hours ago, WestCanMan said:

I'm starting to doubt if people should even be allowed to vote at 18.

How about we skip the voting age, and make people pass an 50 question exam to vote...


The will have to answer questions like.


What is Canada's current national debt.

What is our current deficit.

What is our trade balance.


You give them a 3 hour study guide to read.

If a 10 year old can answer those questions, let them vote.

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OK to please Maroc here we go:

1. How many wives should you have?  a-4, b-none I am gay, c-as many as is needed, d-is that a trick question?.

2. Should women show their face?   a-never, b-depends on who is asking is, c- not when playing poker, d-not if they have leprosy.

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26. What us CN?   a-a t.v. station, b-something that strikes all the time, c-Canada's spy agency, d-something no one uses too much of in Canada.

27. What is a subway?  a-a sandwitch, b-the guy who comes off the bench in hockey when someone is hurt, c-thr name of a gay bar in Toronto, d-something no one wants to build in Toronto.

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OK, Rue, I really need to know:  did you make that up on the fly, or had you been thinking of that previously?   Made my day, thanks.

Since no two humans mature at the same rate, trying to put some arbitrary number on what is a rather significant point in one's life doesn't seem possible.  We have one kid I swear was BORNE 18 years old, and another who took a bit longer to get there.  I was married at 20, and if I look back, would have been far better to have done so two years earlier (certainly not because of MY maturity at that time!).

Going back to Rue's insightful and playful post: for instance, who are we to tell someone how many consenting adults (BTW, THAT part is or should be sacrosanct) can live together (i.e. be wed)??  Need to objectively separate religion from science to legislate well.

I can agree that children DO need some kind of protection codified by the state, but since I just don't have the skill sets to come up with a definitive answer, I can only pose further questions.

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