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My girlfriend’s family are traditonal and religious. We’ve been living together for a year and I’ve bought her a ring. Do I have to ask her father for her hand in marriage? We’ve been together for two years and I’m sure she’ll say yes, but if I ask him and he says No, then what? What is the etiquette for proposing in our situation?
–T.S., Far Hills, NJ