Arkansas ‘Toddler-Marriage’ Law Still In Effect

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From The Associated Press

 

LITTLE ROCK — An error in a new law that allows Arkansans of any age — even toddlers — to marry with parental consent must be fixed by lawmakers, not an independent commission authorized to correct typos, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The law, which took effect July 31, was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry while also allowing pregnant minors to marry with parental consent. An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyone who is not pregnant to marry at any age with if the parents allow it.

Gov. Mike Beebe has declined to call lawmakers into special session to clear up the error, saying there is no imminent crisis.

Instead, he said the Arkansas Code Revision Commission, which is authorized to correct typos and technical errors, could make the change.

Tango’s Take
We’re hip and all, but we draw the line at children marrying each other. It’s a big commitment and we don’t think many toddlers are able to make that decision for themselves. Now children pretending to be married? Precious. We just hope that the Arkansas legislature rectifies this mistake before the school system is choc full of pre-teen divorcees. It’s not so precious when Johnnie’s idiot lawyer somehow manages to lose Elmo visitation rights and 50% of Johnnie’s milk money to Jenny Faustino.

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