Is it normal religious family won't let my friend date her boyfriend?

My friend's family are extremely extremely religious. She's 31, her boyfriend is 25 they're only 6 years apart but her parents keep telling her he's too young for her and they don't even want to meet him. Her parents are 12 years apart.. her dad is 12 years older than the mom but they say the man has to be older than the woman and that she can't date a younger man. They even said it's how a man and a woman should be and it's "what god wants" even though God obviously doesn't say that lol

They even keep urging her to date their friend's son who is 49 almost 20 years older than her and she isn't interested but they aren't supporting her dating her current 25 year old boyfriend.

I met her boyfriend and he's very mature, he also carries himself much older than his age and he even has a better job than the 49 year old man her parents want her to date. Her boyfriend is a Nurse Anesthetist and earns six figures and the 49 year old works at a small retail store as an associate he's also less mature than the 25 year old so yeah what do you think. Is it normal they're strongly against her dating a younger man?

Is It Normal?
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  • They should do what my parents did. Elope first, tell her parents about it later.

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  • If I was in her situation, I would have to let my parents down. I have some family members who are really religious too. I think being religious isn't a bad thing, but when they try to get me to go to church I say no. I'm Catholic, and grew up going to church. They read the same passages year after year, I already know all of them.

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    • If you are Catholic, you should know that you are morally obligated to attend mass on days of obligation if you are capable of doing so. To not attend mass on Sunday when you are capable of doing so is a mortal sin.

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      • The cool Catholics go Saturday night ya durp.

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        • If you go Saturday night, but not Sunday, you have also committed a mortal sin. It -has- to be Sunday. You can't make up for it with other days. For example, if you didn't go on Christmas (which is another day of obligation, though I'm actually unsure if one could go on Christmas Eve and still fulfill the obligation, since that might be the case in that specific example), you couldn't make up for it by going the day after. It doesn't work that way.

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  • I was gonna say I dont blame them but then I got to the job part. If he's making 6 figures I dont see what the problem is. Usually younger men dont make as much money as older men so that would be the only issue.

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