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-:''[[epithalamium]]''+'''Marriageable age''' (or '''marriage age''') is the age at which a person is allowed to [[marriage|marry]], either as of right or subject to parental or other forms of consent. The age and other requirements vary between countries. The marriage age should not be confused with the [[age of majority]] or the [[age of consent]]. The marriage age in a country may be below the age of majority and the age of consent that applies in that country. Additionally, the age at which a person is legally permitted to engage in sexual activity may be below the marriage age.
-'''Premarital sex''' is [[sexual intercourse]] engaged in by a person or persons who are not yet [[Marriage|married]]. It is generally used in reference to young people who are presumed yet of [[marriageable age]], or who will one day be married, but who are engaging in [[human sexual activity|sexual activity]] prior to their marriage.+
-Different cultures have various views on the [[morality]] of sex outside of marriage. Some view marriage before sex as completely optional, while others strongly disapprove of sex outside marriage. +The following is an incomplete list of marriageable ages in various countries. The list is current, and does not treat the topic in history.
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-In recent years the morality of premarital sex has become a politically divisive issue in the [[United States]], since counselling against premarital sex is the cornerstone of [[abstinence-only]] sex education, a program advocated by former president [[George W. Bush]] and many [[Conservatism in the United States|conservative]] members of the [[United States Congress]]. The policy is opposed by groups such as [[Planned Parenthood]] and many [[Modern liberalism in the United States|liberal]] and [[Progressivism in the United States|progressive]] members of Congress, and the debate over abstinence-only education has brought the issue of premarital sex to the forefront of the [[Culture Wars]].+
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-== See also ==+
-* [[Trial marriage]]+
-* [[Fornication]]+
-* [[Free Love]]+
-* [[Religion and sexuality]]+
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Marriageable age (or marriage age) is the age at which a person is allowed to marry, either as of right or subject to parental or other forms of consent. The age and other requirements vary between countries. The marriage age should not be confused with the age of majority or the age of consent. The marriage age in a country may be below the age of majority and the age of consent that applies in that country. Additionally, the age at which a person is legally permitted to engage in sexual activity may be below the marriage age.

The following is an incomplete list of marriageable ages in various countries. The list is current, and does not treat the topic in history.




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