marriage of convenience

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marriage of convenience

A legal marriage that happens primarily or solely for practical purposes, rather than love. Any couple suspected of entering into a marriage of convenience to bypass the need for work permits may be investigated and have their marriage license revoked at any time. Back when homosexuality was illegal, many gay men and women entered into marriages of convenience to protect them from public scrutiny.
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marriage of convenience

a marriage concluded to achieve a practical purpose.
This expression was used by Joseph Addison in the early 18th century, translating the French mariage de convenance , which has itself been current in English since the mid 19th century.
1949 George Bernard Shaw Buoyant Billions The proportion of happy love marriages to happy marriages of convenience has never been counted.
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Our duty is to protect the institution of marriage in legislation and we aim to strengthen this by introducing provisions in this Bill which make it more difficult to broker a marriage of convenience in the State.
A Lebanese man has been held at the Menoyia centre for seven months, awaiting deportation, on the grounds that he had entered a marriage of convenience with an EU citizen.
In another case, a Pakistani man who had a child with a Bulgarian woman and proved he was the father by DNA test, was arrested for deportation because he had entered a marriage of convenience according to migration.
A marriage of convenience currently takes place for financial and practical reasons, "not for love, commitment or intimacy," says Aliya Khalid, a 28-year-old marketing executive in Jeddah.
Criminal gangs, taking advantage of the fact that it is not an offence to enter a marriage of convenience here for the purpose of gaining an immigration advantage, are flying in brides from Europe and paying them between 3,000 to 5,000 to marry non-EU nationals.
When in late 2002 Italian PM Berlusconi asked visiting Erdogan in Rome just what kind of marriage the Turkish leader envisaged between Turkey and the EU - a marriage of convenience, or of love?
Bipartisan bigotry is no surprise, but can we expect better from independent candidates such as Nader, who has begun a marriage of convenience with the Green Party?
The state's position was that a marriage of convenience constitutes a "serious threat to public order and the Republic's safety," police said in an August report but did not explain how this "serious threat" came about.
A spokesman said: "Under current legislation, it is not possible to prevent a marriage taking place, even where it is suspected to be a marriage of convenience.