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China to Put Marriage Database Online

China to Introduce a More Sinister Wedding Registry

Like common sex offenders in the US, China will soon list all married people in an online database. Not so you can remember to send an anniversary card, but so singles can make sure the object of their affection doesn't belong to someone else. Or does! Some people are into that.

Beijing and Shanghai plan to put the names of all married people online this year and the entire country by 2015. As China becomes wealthier and citizens are more mobile, it's become a "strangers' society" that, officials believe, fosters cheating. Divorce was up nine percent from 2008 to 2009, and 20 percent of men and 3.9 percent of women admitted to having extramarital affairs in 2005.

I doubt it will stop affairs as much as it will change how people have them. Who knows? China may create the first black market of fake IDs for the over-21 set.

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Epicdoodle Epicdoodle 6 years
I say once a cheater always a cheater. This isn't going to stop those low life homewrecking women *cough*Leeann*cough* from stealing [/sleeping with] another women's man or the pathetic loser husband cheating on his wife (same applies for homewrecking men)! Adulterers will be adulterers. But there are people out there who genuinely don't know if the person they're dating is already taken or not. So I think this is a great idea, it'll help people check before hand if they're dating a married person or not and avoid a messy situation or heartbreak (caused by finding out later on that their dating someone whos already taken).
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
As if knowing someone is married is going to stop someone else from cheating with him if he really wants to. Poster children LeeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian, anyone? Gimme a break.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I like this idea. As a single women I want to know if the person I'm interested is married or not. So many people pretend to be single!
TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
Doesn't seem like a bad idea. If there's no other way of finding out (at least not easily) why not?
stephley stephley 6 years
What a waste of time and energy!
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