Marriage at 14, children soon after and loss of property for adulterers – church demands
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin also wants men or women who commit adultery to be deprived of rights over marital property.
Currently girls like boys can marry at the age of 16 with parental permission, but his proposal to Russia's influential Civil Chamber - set up by Vladimir Putin to monitor legislation - would lower the minimum age by two years for females.
They would be able to wed without parental permission at 14, as would boys at 16, a proposal dubbed "shocking" by newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.
But only one year's age difference would be allowed between young teenage... read more
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