Somali Family Values In Minneapolis: "Did A Celebrated Somali-American Legislator Marry Her Brother?"
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From City Journal:

Ilhan Omar’s Many Firsts

Did a celebrated Somali-American legislator marry her brother?

Scott W. Johnson

September 15, 2017

Omar had just won a primary victory over 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn to secure the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) endorsement to represent House District 60B in the state legislature. Minneapolis’s Star Tribune trumpeted Omar’s victory in a huge headline on its front page, proclaiming that the Somali immigrant’s victory had “made history.” The paper followed up with two more stories admiring Omar’s triumph. …

As I noted last year, Omar is also probably the first state legislator to have taken out a marriage certificate naming her brother as her husband. If so, she is certainly also the first state legislator—Muslim or not—to be married to her brother (the marriage would be illegal and void ab initio under Minnesota law), while also having a “cultural” husband, who happens to be the father of her children.

Okay, but the courthouse back in Somalia burned down during the Era of Anarchy and a goat ate the paperwork and the imam’s clerk was too buzzed on khat to spell anybody’s names right, so whaddaya gonna do?

Send the legislator’s brother-husband back to Somalia, you racist?

I don’t think so.

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