An Iranian Government report has found that sex before marriage is widespread among young Iranians despite the country’s hardline approach to public displays of affection and Islamic code.
The Iranian Parliament surveyed 142,000 young adults and found that 80% of the women reported having had boyfriends.
They also found 17% of the young adults had had a same-sex relationship despite the country imposing the death penalty for homosexual acts.
The report, released earlier this month, recommended allowing couples to register temporary marriages – a tradition among Shiite Muslims called ‘sigheh’ – with the state to deal with the problem of heterosexual promiscuity.
However the researchers proposed no solutions for young Iranians in same-sex relationships.
Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad famously declared that there were no homosexuals in his country in 2007 when confronted on his country’s record on LGBTI rights.