It’s here. With a couple different meanings.
[Edited so as not to give link-cred to certain web sites.]
I will be honest – I am not quite certain what is going on here.
And no, that is not my usual state of affairs.
Well, ok, it isn’t all that unknown either.
“Marriage of convenience” is a common thing among heterosexual male immigrants to the US. And I suppose it is for some female immigrants as well. I’ve personally known cases of Central Amercian, African and Indian male immigrants who have married female US citizens for the sole purpose of getting their green cards/citizenship.
The first link is a web site that helps gays and lesbians from India find compatible gay/lesbian US citizens as same-sex-marriage partners for the purpose of obtaining a green card/citizenship for the immigrant from India.
As I google’d the term, I discovered that there is another type of “marriage of convenience” among gays and lesbians, in which a gay man marries a lesbian woman for the purpose of a ruse that may serve one or more purposes, such as not wanting to come out as gay, or to get relatives to stop pestering them to get married.
For the 2nd type of marriage-of-convenience, as a cover story, also see definition of “beard” at www. urbandictionary. com
(Note: that web site is, in general, NSFW.)
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