When reports emerged last week that a
girl named Rawan, from the northern Yemeni town of Haradh, died a few days after being married off to a 40-year-old man, Yemenis were horrified. International outrage quickly grew, as the alleged
incident highlighted once again the extremely controversial issue of child marriage in Yemen -- a country where the practice is still legal. Residents of Haradh told local media outlets that
Rawan's cause of death was internal bleeding, believed to be the result of sexual intercourse that tore her uterus and other organs. Local officials, however, have denied the story is true.
11-year-old: I ran away from being sold Covering Yemen Amidst the numerous claims and counterclaims, Hooria Mashhour, Yemen's human rights minister, has declared enough is enough telling CNN that
the growing anger over Rawan's case has presented Yemen with an opportunity to finally do the right thing. "This isn't the first time a child marriage has happened in Yemen, so we should not
focus only on this case," Mashhour said.
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"I am vice president of the United States of America," Biden replied. "The president
sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all
the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction -- beyond that." Biden publicly defended gay marriage only a week ago , at the 19th anniversary
celebration of the Violence Against Women Act.
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