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Volume 17  Number 1  •  Summer 2012
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Holy Matrimony Plus Shipping and Handling
A Libertarian Perspective on the Mail-Order Bride Industry
By Justin S. Merriman
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Independent Review

Today’s mail-order bride industry continues a tradition in the United States that began when Louis XIV paid for scores of women volunteers to live and marry in the French colonies of Louisiana. Contrary to the claims of some radical feminists, brokered transnational marriages usually benefit the women who choose this option.