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August 20, 2007

Arkansas Lowers Age of Marriage To... Zero

I guess it's simply a case of the law acknowledging actual local practice.

It's actually a mistake in the drafting of the law, but it will be seized upon to make fun of bumpkin Arkansas, which is how it should be.

A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age -- even infants -- to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have to call a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday.

The legislation was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry but also allow pregnant teenagers to marry with parental consent, bill sponsor Rep. Will Bond said.

An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyone who is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it.

"It's clearly not the intent to allow 10-year-olds or 11-year-olds to get married," Bond said. "The legislation was screwed up."

Thanks to Alice H.

Razorback Bashing: Eh, why not. Kaspar Hauser:

You know why there's no "CSI-Little Rock"?

The DNA is all the same and there are no dental records.



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