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Dwarves will get married occasionally. It is unknown if Dwarves will involve in same-sex relationships, but it does not appear so. Dwarves must be "lovers" before becoming married, the current mechanism is unknown. Dwarves may celebrate marriages with a party if you have provided a room for them to do so in. They may also choose to forego any formal celebration. After marriage they will share start to sleep in the same bed, share the same account (if the dwarven economy is in effect), and pop out babies like rabbits. Spouses share bedrooms, dining rooms, statue gardens, and zoos, which means that whenever a room of that type is assigned to a dwarf, it is also assigned to that dwarf's spouse (except in the case of pre-married immigrant nobles). However, spouses do not share offices or tombs.

In the Relationships screen (v,p,z,r), Husband or Wife tops the list, coming above their deity.

Dwarven marriage is not voided by death, which means that the spouse of a dwarf will continue to show up in the relations screen and that rooms owned by a married couple will still be listed as owned by both partners. This also means dwarves do not remarry or initiate new romantic relationships after being widowed.

New migrants to the fortress can already be married when they arrive. It has also been observed that dwarves (tend to?) only marry other dwarves who arrived at the fortress in the same immigration wave as themselves. Whether this is an absolute, and if so whether this is hard-coded, or a quirk, or a bug, is unclear.

Also,if a husband or wife dies by drowning,your fortress will be cursed with complaints from the other spouse about not being able to retrieve his/her spouse's clothes.

Siblings will not marry. However, if your fort has grandchildren of an immigrant, they can marry their aunt/uncle. More research is needed to discover precisely the limits of consanguinal relationships.

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