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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Friday, September 7, 1973 Homosexuals busy in marriage mart LONDON (CP) Arthur McDougaJ, z young homosex- ual who hates women, expects to be legally married and di- vorced about 10 times before he reaches old age. This sideline, he figures, should net him about plus a healthy bonus or two, if things work out right. Arthur is one of a rapidly expanding number of British males who sell citizenship to foreign women seeking per- manent residency in Britain. The new industry is causing alarm at the home office, con- fusion in the divorce courts and merriment among young bachelors looking for fast The LARGEST ASSORTMENT of imported styles in LETHBRIDGE money with few com- plications. The trade is a relatively simple one, say government officials, which has only caught on in a big way within the last, year or so. An eligible British man sim- ply advertises in a magazine or newspaper that for a price he will marry a foreign woman, kiss her hello and goodbye at the registry office and promptly apply for a di- vorce. GETS CITIZENSHIP The woman then automati- cally becomes entitled to Brit- ish "citizenship and retains it even after the divorce, some- thing that is obtained rela- tively easily when both par- ties consent. The home office says it is impossible to estimate the number of women who have gained citizenship in this way. There is nothing illegal about the process or about the advertisements .played by the men involved. A typical price for the sendee is Unfortunately for profit- seeking women, the system does not work in reverse, offi- cials say. A man does not gain citizenship by marrying a British woman. But the days of big profits being reaped from such mar- riages may be nearing an encf. There are signs of com- petitive price-slasliing as more men enter the market. Two business partners, who are well established in the trade, recently advertized a package deal which included citizenship for only with one free night of "superlative love-making at a seaside re- sort" thrown in free. tfjw-i