(Closed) Why in America do you…

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
Hostess
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

It’s to make sure you don’t have any diseases that could be passed onto children and that you’re not related to the person you’re marrying. It’s not actually required in most places. Like most laws in the US, it varys from state to state. 

Post # 4
Member
533 posts
Busy bee

Blood test for what/when? I’m confused! 

 

 

Post # 5
Member
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

assuming you are talking about blood tests to get a marriage certificate?

that’s a state issue and it’s different in each state. i got married in florida and was not required to have a blood test.

 

i have heard that in some area, it’s to make sure you aren’t marrying someone too closely related to you…. but i’m not sure.

Post # 6
Hostess
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Milo:  In a small number of states men and women must pass a blood test before they can get a marriage license. 

Post # 7
Member
533 posts
Busy bee

@AlwaysSunny:  Oh wow, really? Makes it sound like it would be common :/ thanks for clearing it up, I was a bit confused 🙂 

Post # 9
Member
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

NY State did not require this when I got married last year.

Post # 10
Member
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Wow, never heard of this before :

Post # 11
Member
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Pretty sure this actually stems from pre-ww2 eugenics ideas to “improve” the population but history channel isn’t always the most historically factual. Also to keep you from marrying your cousin or brother. 

Post # 12
Member
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

WA doesn’t have that requirement. Mexico does though. This is the extent of my expertise. LOL

Post # 13
Member
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh! But on a different WA county marriage app it made us state that we swore we didn’t have any Save-The-Date Cards. Maybe they were just being lazy.

Post # 14
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11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lmc100:  it’s an old state requirement, most states no longer require a blood test. 

I thought it was to check for Save-The-Date Cards and other diseases. I have never heard of it as a way to ensure you aren’t related to someone but I’m no expert.

Post # 15
Member
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Virginia does not have this requirement.

Post # 16
Member
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@AlwaysSunny:  @WillyNilly: I wonder, what about people who do have an STD or a disease that could be passed on to children? Are they not allowed to get married? Maybe they are just required to inform their fiancés and get treatment? Sorry for the third degree, I’m just curious because I’ve just never heard of this before.

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