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1: Are you eligible to be married in Indiana?
Age. The Clerk can issue a marriage license if:
- Both applicants are 18 years of age or older;
- One or both applicants are 17 and parents or legal guardians are present to provide consent;
- One or both applicants are younger than 17 and have a court order granting permission to obtain a marriage license;
Exclusions. The Clerk cannot issue a marriage license if:
- Either applicant is under the influence of drugs or alcohol when applying;
- Applicants are both the same gender;
- Applicants are more closely related than second cousins (though there is an exception if you are first cousins and both at least sixty-five (65) years of age).
- Either applicant has been judged to be of unsound mind, unless the adjudication has been removed.
I had no idea that you were allowed to marry your first cousin as long as you were at least 65! LOL!
Um, no offense to anyone who is married to their first cousin…just sayin…
Post # 3
But don’t you dare be gay.
Post # 4
@Hyperventilate: That’s what I said! WTF!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I’ve actually heard of this before. In some states they’ll even waive the age restriction if you show proof of sterilization.
Post # 6
@Hyperventilate: I just about died laughing.
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- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Yeah, I think the point is that you are old enough that you can’t reproduce. Still, Indiana -_-**
Post # 8
@boogiewoogies: We got married in Indiana. My first marriage took place in Georgia where we had to have blood drawn.
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Post # 10
@greenidlady: Fiance just called the county clerk to see if we had to get a rubella test for me even if I had been vaccinated as a child, and the lady had never heard of testing for rubella…but that’s what it said on the website for requirements. I don’t get it! Indiana is weird!
Post # 11
@boogiewoogies: Lol, yeah, it is weird. I mean what if you did have Rubella, should that stop you from being married? I’m not sure what all they tested our blood for in GA.
Post # 12
I actually do not have a problem with cousin marriage. In fact, I have a huge problem with barriers to it. It’s culturally unfavorable here in the US but historically, it’s something that’s been done for ages.
As for gay marriage, it royally pisses me off that Indiana doesn’t allow it and actually was specifically voted in by the legislature to prevent any future opportunity for gays to marry.
Edit: Indiana used to have a blood test requirement for the female to test for rubella.
Post # 13
@boogiewoogies: Rubella testing was just recently (within last 1-2 years) discontinued. Therefore, women in Indiana no longer have to do the test in order to obtain a marriage license.
And obviously the exception of anyone at least 65 years of age marrying a first cousin, is based on them no longer being able to procreate. Odd? A bit… But, once upon a time marriages like this weren’t unheard of.
Post # 14
In WI you can marry your cousin if you can prove you are sterile or if you are over 55. It’s actually a fairly common law (looks like about half the states) that you can marry your cousin if you can’t reproduce. I think the main concern is the genetic defects that can take place when relatives reproduce with each other (although I think it’s a fairly small chance).