Marriageable age  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Premarital sex is sexual intercourse engaged in by a person or persons who are not yet 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 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.

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 conservative members of the United States Congress. The policy is opposed by groups such as Planned Parenthood and many liberal and 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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