Arranged marriage sounds like a spooky, archaic tradition- something from a far off land, from a place where parents lay down the law, and where love remains an historical fairytale. But is it really?

Sure, the traditional forced marriage where parents would choose a spouse for their child, based solely on reputation and money, seems cold. But these days, arranged marriage is a much more interactive process.

Modern arranged marriages, in countries such as China, India, and Indonesia, give the children the power of veto, so the final decision is often left to the one who is to be married.

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If you're from a Western country such as the United States, you might think arranged marriage doesn't apply to you. But what about the notorious shotgun wedding?

The immigration marriage?

The homosexual cover-up marriage?

Arranged marriage is a widespread phenomenon.

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