13 Surprising Marriage Laws You Might Be Breaking Right Now

Who knew: there are towns where marriage laws hold that you can't sleep naked next to your spouse, where mistreating your mother-in-law means grounds for divorce, and where a wife must ask permission from her husband before wearing false teeth. Congratulations!

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Married on a dare? Here, you can take it back.

Married on a dare? Here, you can take it back.E. Dean/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
In Delaware, it's legal to obtain an annulment if you got married on a dare or as a prank. The official law states that a marriage may be annulled if "one or both parties entered the marriage as a jest or dare."

If you like it, then you should've put a ring on it.

If you like it, then you should've put a ring on it.Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images
Don Juans, beware: under South Carolina's Offenses Against Morality and Decency Act, it's considered a misdemeanor for a man over the age of 16 to propose to a woman in order to seduce her.

Put those pajamas back on. Please.

Put those pajamas back on. Please.Sasha/Getty Images
It may have moved past the whole witch thing, but the town of Salem, Massachusetts has retained its prudishness; it's illegal for a married couple to sleep nude in a rented room.

You got a permission slip for those dentures, lady?

You got a permission slip for those dentures, lady?Keystone View/FPG/Getty Images
In Vermont, a wife must obtain written permission from her husband before wearing false teeth. Condolences.

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Here, you'd better be nice to your mother-in-law.

Here, you'd better be nice to your mother-in-law.George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
In Wichita, Kansas, the mistreatment of mothers-in-law can be used as grounds for divorce.

Ready, aim, fire!

Ready, aim, fire!W. G. Phillips/Phillips/Getty Images
In the town of Truro on Cape Cod, the groom-to-be must prove his manliness before marriage by hunting and killing either six blackbirds or three crows.

Drunk? (Or just stupid?) Sober up before you say "I do."

Drunk? (Or just stupid?) Sober up before you say "I do."Henry Guttmann/Getty Images
If the Mississippi county clerk issuing your marriage license believes that you or your betrothed is drunk, insane, or an "imbecile," he or she can deny you the license. And if that's the case, avoid getting hitched in Tennessee too.

Fourth time? Not a charm.

Fourth time? Not a charm.Fox Photos/Getty Images
After three failed marriages, it's probably time to tell each other goodbye. Kentucky is helping its women make smarter decisions, by making it illegal to marry the same man four times.

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Here, kissing cousins can legally marry.

Here, kissing cousins can legally marry. Fox Photos/Getty Images
First cousins are allowed to marry in Utah only if they are over 65-years-old. (Read: infertile.) 

Sorry, Miss Cleo can't pronounce you man and wife in this town.

Sorry, Miss Cleo can't pronounce you man and wife in this town.Fox Photos/Getty Images
Before you give your favorite psychic a ring, know that it's illegal for a palm reader or a psychic to officiate and marry people in New Orleans.

Here, you could've gotten married before you could play scratch-off lottery.

Here, you could've gotten married before you could play scratch-off lottery.Retrofile/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
For a brief period in 2007 to 2008, it was legal in Arkansas for children under the age of 18 to get married, with parental consent. We anticipate a reality series once MTV discovers this actually happened.

I love you, wherever you are.

I love you, wherever you are.J. J. Lambe/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
To facilitate weddings for servicemen and women who may be abroad, California, Colorado, Texas, and Montana allow "marriage by proxy," which means either the groom or the bride can have someone attend the ceremony in his or her place. Montana even allows double proxy weddings, where neither party needs to be present.

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No PDA on the Lord's Day.

No PDA on the Lord's Day.Sasha/Getty Images
Save the romantic walk in the park for Saturday: it's illegal to smooch your wife in public on Sundays in Hartford, Connecticut.

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