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Marry Our Daughter
imageMarryOurDaughter.com claimed to be "an introduction service assisting those following the Biblical tradition of arranging marriages for their Daughters."

If you're in the market for a young bride, you can choose from a wide variety of choices. For instance, there's 14-year-old Kyra who:
likes the outdoors, more the open air of the beach or the desert than the woods. She would love to live somewhere away from it all. She is bright and funny and full of life and while she has little direct experience with the opposite sex we have made sure she is aware of everything she needs to know to be a good wife and mother.

Is this legal? Of course. As the site points out, "Within the United States girls can marry as young as 13 years old with parental permission, and the Bride Price is a custom of long standing, mentioned many times in the Bible, and as such is a protected religious practice."

Is the site for real? Of course it isn't. Signs that it's a hoax (in addition to the general ridiculousness of it):

a) the ads. It's often a sign of a hoax when a site claiming to be a legitimate business has to stick ads on its page. Though in this case, the owner of the site probably isn't earning money from the ads because only public service ads are being served up.

b) The creator of the site used an anonymous proxy service to register it.

The site is loading very slowly, so you may not be able to access it. (Thanks to Farx for the link)
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Posted by The Curator on Tue Sep 04, 2007
This MUST be a hoax, but obviously a lot of creative work has gone into it. The faux "profiles" read like they have been submitted by different people.
It's an impressive piece of work!
Posted by eovti  in  Sandefjord, Norway  on  Wed Sep 05, 2007  at  03:52 PM
It says on the link you gave Kathleen that in Massachusetts a girl can be married at the age of twelve with parent's consent! Wow...
Posted by Jackie  in  Indiana  on  Wed Sep 05, 2007  at  06:25 PM
Unless the FBI are in on it...
Sting?
Posted by anony  on  Thu Sep 06, 2007  at  12:11 AM
The Cornell table on marriage laws is only accurate if you read all of the sub notes and examine the individual state codes as provided.

The site is obviously a hoax, because it says that 13 year olds can marry in the U.S. with parental consent.

There is no national marriage age law. They are all state laws and they all vary.

The youngest age just with parental consent is Texas at 14. Several states have no minimum statutory age; but they all require parental consent AND the approval of a judge below a certain age.

However, NO state allows those under 14 to get married just with parental consent. A judge's approval is required for 13 and under in every state. So the website is flat out wrong, making it a definite hoax or possibly a federal site fishing for pedophiles.
Posted by Gerald  in  USA  on  Thu Sep 06, 2007  at  04:25 AM
They never said that the reason the site was fake was because it was loading slowly. They listed two reasons, and then underneath them as an afterthought wrote "The site is loading very slowly, so you may not be able to access it. (Thanks to Farx for the link)"

There was no bullet point stating it as a reason, in fact, it was on the next paragraph.
Posted by Meaghan W  in  Flagstaff, AZ  on  Thu Sep 06, 2007  at  11:16 PM
Everything looked questionably legit at first, until I read the testimonials. It has to be hoax.

"Our 15 year old daughter . . . did nothing but mope around the house bringing everybody down, so we decided to marry her off through your site. Now our house is a lot cheerier and we love our new swimming pool and Jaccuzi!"

Every testimonial is equally outrageous - it has to be a hoax.
Posted by wndrby  in  KY  on  Thu Sep 06, 2007  at  11:33 PM
I went to this site and, agreed, the testimonials were outrageous. But I did take the time to email the PR man with a legitimate email asking for info and included my snailmail address (a PO Box, mind you). I'll post any developments as far as that goes.

Arranging marriages isn't against the law, it's just not commonly done. So it would be weird for law enforcement to use something that is legal as a front to target any illegal behavior.
Posted by darklingmiss  in  Spartanburg, SC  on  Fri Sep 07, 2007  at  01:25 AM
I found the site yesterday, and spent about 10 minutes opening and closing my mouth in confusion and horror... tooled around the site for a bit and came up with the conclusion: Hoax.

It looks fairly real, until you get to the testimonials page, in which 14 yr olds talk about their new husband being "ok" and proud that their parents could buy a new car and parents saying that they finally married off their rebel 15 yr old and got a jacuzzi out of the deal and couldn't be happier.

That added in with the profiles themselves, many talking about "everything she needs to know to be a wife"... because, well, if I wanted to creep people out I would use clean language to insinuate my 14 yr old daughter is totally ready to start having sex with some old man who purchased her and start makin' babbies. In fact, you can submit your daughter with a profile, so I did. "Jezebel" was 13 and going for a mere $7,995 because as a godly parent I understood her husband was going to have to teach her A LOT about being a good wife, and therefore would get a price break. No response from the website yet. No requests for money (the %5 down of "bride price" they request upfront) or ways to upload her photo.

Hoax.

BRILLIANT one. Loved it.
Posted by Zana  in  Spokane, Wa  on  Fri Sep 07, 2007  at  05:46 PM
there was a news article saying the following:

"Contacted through MarryOurDaughter this morning, Mr. Ordover quickly conceded the page was a parody aimed at drawing attention to inconsistencies in state marriage laws. States consider it a crime for adults to have sex with minors, but they allow kids as young as 12 to get married with parental and sometime judicial permission."
Posted by sara  on  Wed Sep 12, 2007  at  09:56 AM
Basically he was trying to stir up anger in people to get laws changed. Which has worked BRILLIANT!!!

The rest of the original artical read:

The site is a prank. Thank goodness.
But not everyone is in on the joke. The site has gotten 20 million page views in the last two weeks and now elicits around a thousand, mostly angry, emails a day. In the last few days, the site
Posted by sara  on  Wed Sep 12, 2007  at  10:02 AM
It's a fake. The NY Times did a story on it, http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/11/please-dont-marry-our-daughters/?hp
Posted by Mood_Indigo  on  Wed Sep 12, 2007  at  01:11 PM
Actually, on a radio show that plays from Denver, I hear them interviewing one of the meant that started this "service". It is disgusting and the radio DJs were disturbed and kept repeating that this interview was not a joke, etc. People we calling in very worried about this topic. It is actually REAL!!!!
Posted by Monica  in  Colorado  on  Fri Sep 14, 2007  at  12:09 AM
I thought it might be a police sponsored site to find people who want to do illegal things such as selling girls off who aren't their daughters to get cash. Never know with how f'd up this world is. Just a theory, though. Either way, it's hilarious.
Posted by LordofKaboom  in  Gastonia, NC  on  Sat Sep 15, 2007  at  06:50 AM
I have know idea if this did turn out to be a hoax but a radio station here interviewed one of the owners of this website. 93.1 Radio Now. It sure sounded real when he was talking about the site.
Posted by Heather C  in  indianapolis, in  on  Fri Sep 21, 2007  at  02:00 PM
It is completely fake and I know this for a fact because some of the images on the website were taken by myself and fellow photographer friends. Stolen images, fake profiles... if they are accepting money, it is a total scam.
Posted by rhonda  on  Thu Sep 27, 2007  at  12:42 PM
rhonda, according to the reports I've read, the owner of the site claims to have gotten the photos from a service. If they were stolen, he didn't do it the service did. Presuming he isn't lying about that part of it.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Thu Sep 27, 2007  at  03:11 PM
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