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    Saturday, June 17, 2006

    Colorado and English Common-Law?

    Weird:

    A 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage in Colorado, and younger girls and boys possibly can, too, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

    While the three-judge panel stopped short of setting a specific minimum age for such marriages, it said they could be legal for girls at 12 and boys at 14 under English common law, which Colorado recognizes.


    I don't really think that states of the US should be using English common law, if that common law is making such distinctions between girls and boys. Extremely, extremely wrong. Not to mention completely bizarre.

    4 Comments:

    Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

    We like to think of the law as some absolute thing that aims to protect the innocent and punish the guilty fairly - certainly lawyers do - but law without common sense is worthless.

    Meet said absence thereof.

    7:21 PM  
    Blogger super des said...

    I think it's accepted "law" in most states that children of any age can marry as long as their guardian gives permission (read: forces them to).

    I also think most people don't know that, so I'm sorry I mentioned it. It might come into more practice now.

    9:35 PM  
    Blogger belledame222 said...

    *Any* age? I'm pretty sure not. pretty damn young though, in some states.

    mostly I'm thinking: goddam, "common law marriages," who the hell even sees that term anymore? And why the hell can't we bring it out for oh I don't know adult relationships including ANY DAMN GENDER AND NUMBER CONFIGURATION WE WANT?

    fuck domestic partnership. Common Law.

    well anyway I like the sound of it. no idea what that'd entail really.

    9:48 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Des, I think they're listening (millions of children wishing to marry read this blog nightly for just these sorts of tidbits)!

    Belledame, the thing that gets my goat: a male-female couple, without lifting a finger, lives together a certain amount of time and is "married"; any other configuration has to go down to the courthouse and spend some cash and sign some junk and then, maybe, if they're allowed, they get to be "domestic partners". Umm, thanks. How generous.

    10:21 PM  

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