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!
You could get married before you can play scratch-off lottery.
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In some states, you can get married as young as 16—and sometimes even younger with the permission of the parents and consent of a judge. We anticipate a reality series once MTV discovers this loophole.
I love you, wherever you are.
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To facilitate weddings for servicemen and women who may be abroad, weird marriage laws in 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. We know these weird marriage laws are true, but here are some marriage myths you can safely ignore.
No PDA on the Lord’s Day.
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