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Judge: Christian's 'arranged' Islamic marriage invalid
A judge in Ohio ruled a marriage arranged by a Muslim father for his 17-year-old daughter who now has converted to Christianity isn't valid, clearing her of accusations she made false statements in applying for a marriage license with the man who now is her husband.
The little-reported case developed in Ohio, where Larry Crain, senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, argued on behalf of his client, identified only as "Nishan."
Nishan was married last month to a man she began dating this year when she converted to Christianity, the ACLJ said.
She didn't reveal her conversion to her "devout Muslim family members" until just before the marriage because she feared what they might do.
When her father discovered her plans, he allegedly tried to assault her and then filed a claim that she had falsified her marriage-license application because of the earlier arranged marriage.
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