The Amount of Thought That Goes Into Passing a Law

A legislator in Arkansas decides to write a law that doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to get married, unless they are pregnant and have their parent’s permission. Let’s skip discussion of whether what they intended is a good idea, and take a look at what they actually did.

Here is the text of the bill as submitted:

In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, the person must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent to the marriage.

The bill passed as is.

Anyone see any problems?

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Gideon - April 24, 2008 5:48 PM


Jamie - April 25, 2008 9:15 PM

Thanks Gideon. That's the sort of insightful commenting that got you added to my blogroll recently, haha...

Chelle - April 26, 2008 7:05 AM

Looks like they missed the whole point!

Gideon - April 28, 2008 6:05 AM

Well, I didn't want to give it away, but still wanted to acknowledge that I saw the problem.

Jamie - April 28, 2008 7:52 AM


Yeah, I knew you knew, just felt like giving you a hard time.



Alec - April 28, 2008 11:21 PM

I will refrain from being an arrogant Yankee and echo Gideon.

Jamie - April 28, 2008 11:48 PM


Go right ahead and have fun with it. We Texans sure aren't above making fun of Arkansas.


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