Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Law Bender by Gender

One wonders whether states that permit same-sex marriage have to fine-tune related laws. For example, the incest/relationship affinity laws here presently read:

Chapter 207: Section 1. Marriage of man to certain relatives

No man shall marry his mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, stepmother, grandfather's wife, grandson's wife, wife's mother, wife's grandmother, wife's daughter, wife's granddaughter, brother's daughter, sister's daughter, father's sister or mother's sister.

Chapter 207: Section 2. Marriage of woman to certain relatives

No woman shall marry her father, grandfather, son, grandson, brother, stepfather, grandmother's husband, daughter's husband, granddaughter's husband, husband's grandfather, husband's son, husband's grandson, brother's son, sister's son, father's brother or mother's brother.

Logically, the legislature would tweak these. Are they waiting until after 2006 to see if there is a state constitutional amendment?

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