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March 19, 2004

Oddly sweet, but weird.

This guy in India has married his grandmother.

He's 25, she's 80.

"I felt she needed extra care as she is old. I can look after her better as a husband than as a grandson," Narayan Biswas told Reuters.

Two things I find most notable about this:

First is that the Reuters story, described the woman as having, "a red vermilion streak on her forehead, the mark of a married Hindu woman." I'm thinking that maybe being able to show this mark is a comfort to her, so that's nice.

But also the story indicates that there's nothing perverse about this. It's just a guy trying to care for his grandmother. The story says. "Local officials say marrying a blood relation is illegal under the Hindu Marriage Act, but they have no plans to take action against the couple."

How civilized. Here in Ashcroft's America, this couple would be crucified by the government. But in India they've used discretion to do the right thing.

Posted by jghiii at March 19, 2004 02:57 PM
Posted by: MGA on March 19, 2004 05:07 PM

There's no problem here. This qualifies as a union between one man and one woman and that's okay in Ashcroft's Amerika (you forgot the K).

Now the marriage between the nine year old girl and a dog is another issue. Unless it was a guy dog and maybe that would play ok.

Posted by: sherman on March 19, 2004 05:09 PM

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for the apocalypse promised if we had gay weddings. We've had thousands of them already, and still no frogs raining from the sky.

Posted by: MGA on March 19, 2004 06:09 PM

Update: Just heard this "news" story on WRKO's Howie Carr show.

Gosh, Jack. Howie reads your blog?

Posted by: Jack Hodgson on March 19, 2004 07:33 PM

Howie Carr must have had a field day. He make Ashcroft seem downright tolerant.

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