Post # 1
So I’m looking up the requirements to obtain a marriage license in my state, I was mainly concerned about the whole blood test thing. Thank goodness my state doesnt do that anymore… when I ran across THIS :
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.
Interesting. If you’re really old, it’s okay to marry your cousin!
Any of you ladies have strange requirements or laws surrounding marriage in your states?
Here’s a list of US states :
Post # 3
This made me laugh…nope checked the county I live in and the county we are getting married in.
Post # 4
this is listed under my state…who knew!
Yes. A man can not marry his aunt, but can marry his cousin. A woman, by the way, may marry her uncle providing she is Jewish.
Post # 5
@Bostongrl25: Lol. Wth. That’s funny!
Post # 6
And not one single funny thing listed for my state 😛
Post # 7
The age exception is probably because by 65 you’re almost guaranteed to not be able to reproduce, so the genetic risks aren’t a factor.
Post # 8
I was asked questions about my and FI’s religious practises… which churches did we belong to, were we practising, and were we planning on getting married in a church which was classified as a “regular place of worship” for one or both of us. I asked if the rules were this strict for a civil ceremony. The answer is nope… there are more requirements for religious weddings! If they don’t like your answers, they can refuse to issue your license. I thought this was really stupid… how is it any of the state’s business?
Post # 9
We have a 5-day waiting period from the date of application until the date you can pick up your actual license.
Kind of ironic that the waiting period on buying a handgun is also 5 days.
Post # 10
@Rachel631: That’s silly.
I think the only question should be, “do you love each other” okay, here’s your paperwork!
Post # 11
@jenilynevette: Well, the other questions made sense… are you related by blood or marriage, are you both citizens by birth… do you have valid passports… have you been married before…
It’s all designed to prevent forced marriage, bigamy, incest, and fraud. I get that. But why on earth do they want to know about your religious practises? Isn’t that between you and your priest/church/mosque/rabbi etc?
Post # 12
@JaneyDcat: lol! That made me laugh 🙂
Post # 13
Nothing funny for Michigan!
What’s with the blood test thing, anyway?
Post # 14
@vorpalette: It’s mainly a thing they used to do years ago. My mom had to have it done for her first marriage. Basically, it was believed that 2 of the blood types couldn’t create children [maybe not create, but they’d be messed up, i dont know exactly]. That has since be debunked, I don’t know why some states still do it. Probably for aids/illness.
Glad I don’t need a blood test. :3 needles.
Post # 15
Ministers of any regularly established church or congregation may perform marriages. Also, persons may marry themselves if they obtain a certificate from the clerk of the orphans’ court. — Ministers must provide a certificate of marriage to the bride and groom. Also, they must send a marriage certificate to the clerk of the orphans’ court who issued the marriage license within 10 days after the marriage. — For questions see the clerk of the orphans’ court.
Post # 16
@vorpalette: According to my mom, the blood test requirement was to find out if people had syphylis.
Back in the olden days, most brides (and sometimes grooms) were virgins. Syphilis is one of those odd things that can stay dormant or not show any symtoms for quite some time.
As far as I know, no state has ever tested for HIV as a prerequisite for a marriage license, and with all the HIPPA stuff, I dont forsee that ever happening.