Strange marriage laws are on the books all over the world, and in every state in the US. While some of these funny laws about marriage are arcane relics leftover from centuries ago (such as the requirement that men in a small Cape Cod town kill six blackbirds before marrying), and others quirks of history or circumstance, others are incredibly restrictive, dangerous, and harmful to women.
As with the odd and silly laws controlling marriage in many countries, so too are there strange divorce laws. Some states let you divorce at the drop of a hat, while others make it quite difficult. There are countries where blame MUST be assigned - and some where divorce is simply illegal. There are also laws about what married people can do, even if they're legally wed.Here are some of the most unusual laws about marriage and divorce in the world. See how many you might be breaking!
In the South, Marriage Is a Sober Matter
Both Mississippi and Tennessee can deny a marriage license to anyone the county clerk deems drunk or legally insane.
South Carolina Is Serious About Seduction
South Carolina's Offenses Against Morality and Decency Act considers it a misdemeanor for a man over 16 to propose to a woman in order to seduce her.
In Kentucky, It's Illegal to Marry the Same Man Four Times
Kentucky women are saved from their own temptations by being unable to marry one man four different times. However, you can marry four different men one time each.
New Orleans Palm Readers Can't Marry People
New Orleans law prohibits psychics, tarot readers, or palm readers from performing marriages. Presumably, this is to stop people from getting loaded on Bourbon Street and stumbling into the first neon-lit storefront they see to get hitched.