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Iran Matchmaking Site to Toe Official Line – And No Dating!

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 08:10 AM

Iran launched a matchmaking website on Monday to encourage marriage among its 11 million singles, but warned that it is not a dating site.

"We face a family crisis in Iran," Mahmoud Golzari, deputy minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, said during the site's launch ceremony in Tehran, Newsweek reported.

 


"There are many people who are single, and when that happens it means no families and no children."

Golzari explained that the website, Hamsan.Tebyan.net, allows single men and women to create a profile and describe what qualities they're looking for in a potential spouse.

From there, clerics, doctors, teachers, and other professionals hired for the site act as mediators and matchmakers, helping match single people with a spouse while considering age, education, wealth, and family background.

Many young Iranians are opting for long-term dating relationships, and have delayed marriage. Amid the country's economic woes — the U.S. and its allies still have heavy trade sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program — weddings can be prohibitively expensive.

Golzari and other administrators want to discourage dating while encouraging marriage and children with the new website.

"The matchmaking website you are seeing today is not a website for introducing boys and girls to each other," he said during his speech. "Our Islamic and Iranian culture does not approve of long-term relationships out of wedlock."

In the 1980s, the Iranian government sought to slow the number of births, saying the large population was straining the economy. Back then, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued fatwas edicts against having children, The Associated Press reported.

In May of last year, however, the leadership changed its mind, and Khamenei issued edicts calling for population growth.

He said growth would "strengthen national identity," and that moving single people into marriage and family life would help eradicate "undesirable aspects of Western lifestyles."

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