‘White marriages’: Iran’s cohabiting couples defy Sharia law

Couples in Iran are defying the country’s strict Islamic law by living together outside of wedlock, angering hardline clerics who call the practice is an insult to Islam.

The growing trend, known as ‘white marriage’ because of its association with the western world, has become so serious that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has commented on it. His office issued a warning to the public and called on police and the judiciary to “show no mercy” to couples discovered cohabiting.

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  • Xavier

    …known as ‘white marriage’ because of its association with the western world

    This isn’t “not real Islam” extremists like ISIS saying this, it’s coming from mainstream clerics. This is racism, yet we’re called racists for recognizing the evils of Islam.

    • Pete_Brewster

      Not to mention, since when are Persians black?

      Or will claiming anti-black sentiment at the Corpse be Ghomeshi’s defense at trial?

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        …not so much black, but more of a sandy complexion…

    • It’s ethno-centrism (to use a post-modern term) and the ayatollahs are fine with it.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In France a white marriage is two people who are legally married but have sex normally with other people.

    • Linda1000

      Really? I thought those couples are just known as the regulars of sex swingers’ clubs or “swingers”. I don’t know if there is another term used in Canada or the U.S.

      • Hard Little Machine

        I don’t mean randomly with other people, I mean they are other couples. Long term.

  • Well, if you don’t like cohabitation, raise people with values that include honour and dignity, not Jew and Yankee-killing.