Love Arkansas Style

1:10 PM -- Beware the Extraneous Not, my son... The Denver Post Website picks up this AP story out of Little Rock:

    Arkansas' marriage-age crisis is over. A law that mistakenly allowed anyone—even toddlers—to marry with parental permission was repealed by a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mike Beebe, ending months of embarrassment for the state and confusion for county clerks.

    Lawmakers didn't realize until after the end of last year's regular session that a law they approved, intended to establish 18 as the minimum age for marriage, instead removed the minimum age to marry entirely. An extraneous "not" in the bill allowed anyone who was not pregnant to marry at any age with permission. ...

    They repealed the botched law, and reinstated 17 as the minimum age to marry for boys and 16 for girls.
Siblings and first cousins, however, may still marry at age 12.

— Larry, Ozark Monkey, Light Reading

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