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Dustin, please explain your home state

marriage.jpgRegular readers know that my QuizLaw partner-in-crime, Dustin, hails from the wonderful state of Arkansas. So maybe he can shed some light on how the brilliant legislators managed to pass a law allowing children of any age — including infants — to marry with their parents consent. Seems that the state legislature was planning to setup 18 as the minimum age for folks to marry (makes sense), but also wanted to allow pregnant teenagers to get married if their parents sign off.

But, whoopsy, a superfluous “not” wandered its way into the legislation:

In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, the person must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent to the marriage.”

So yeah, pregnant teenagers are the only ones who can’t get married under this bill. Nice.

Now to be fair, yes, this is simply the case of a word wrongfully being stuffed into the law. But that just proves that Arkansas’ legislature, much like our wonderful federal representatives, choose not to bother carefully reading the legislation they’re voting on. Nice.

[It’s not that they didn’t read it carefully, it’s that Arkansans can’t read at all. We’re too busy impregnating grade schoolers to learn. But the real question is: Can you marry your cousin if she’s a pregnant minor? — DR]