This is seriously the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. I mean is there anything more masculine, more reflective of man’s roots as a carnivorous, senseless being than selling part of your family of for some steaks and ale? FUCK YEA!
Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, of Greenfield, California, was arrested Monday and booked into the Monterey County Jail, Greenfield police said in a statement. He faces felony charges of receiving money for causing a person to cohabitate, police said.
Martinez had arranged through a third party to have his daughter marry the older teenager, identified by authorities as Margarito de Jesus Galindo, of Gonzales, California. In exchange, Galindo was to pay Martinez $16,000 and provide him with 160 cases of beer, 100 cases of soda, 50 cases of Gatorade, two cases of wine, and six cases of meat, Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier told CNN.
All those involved in the case are from the western Mexican state of Oaxaca, the police chief said. In the Oaxacan community, such an agreement is “normal and honorable,” he said. “In California, it’s against the law.”
In Oaxacan culture, the food and beverages are provided by a prospective bridegroom for the wedding, Grebmeier said.
Authorities believe the young girl went with Galindo willingly, and no coercion was involved, he said. However, the girl is four years younger than California’s age of consent, although the law does allow 16-year-olds to marry with parental consent.
Seriously, I think people are making way too big a deal over this whole thing. Dowries have been a staple of many countries and traditions since pre-biblical ages. I understand that ignorance of the law does not constitute illegal behavior, but when you boil this down it’s merely a direct reflection of the individual’s culture.
What’s weird is I have some form of reverence for the fact that this is symbolic of their culture, yet I’m disgusted when I hear that the daughter and the 18 year old had ‘sexual relations’, when it’s probably the same situation as the original predicament, a reflection of their culture.
But hell, who am I to say what’s right? Everyone knows when white people hear the word ‘culture’ we start pretending that it’s automatically something sacred. Silly white people…