In North Carolina, married first cousins cannot sleep in the same bed in a hotel, or have oral sex.
Last week, an amendment passed in North Carolina banning marriage for same-sex couples. Some people decry this as short-sighted at best, and completely bigoted, hateful, stupid, dumb, and unfair in general. I am one of those people.
Now, heterosexual marriage laws are pretty straightforward in North Carolina. In fact, things are so lenient that, In North Carolina, it's completely legal for first cousins to get married ("Double Cousin" marriage, however, isn't okay... Whatever that is). And it's super easy to tie the knot, too. Current state law states that all a couple has to do to be married in North Carolina is check into a hotel and register as married.
Not if you're gay, of course. It doesn't matter how much you love one another, how loyal to one another you are, or how much you want the right to share benefits, property, responsibilities or just proclaim your bond publicly — you cannot go to a hotel and declare yourself married and be married, gay folks. I'm sorry.
Read the 10 dumb cousin-marrying laws on Huffington Post Weird News: Gay People Can't Marry in North Carolina, But Life Isn't Exactly Easy for Straight Couples, Either
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