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Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?

In Louisiana? What's the rationale behind the law?

eta: my last topic for the day, by the way
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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
It was back in the day.
They had parental permission.

I spent one summer working a farm in the hills of Tenn 100 miles west of Nashville back in the 70s. I met a couple who lived nearby. He was 19, she was 16. They had been married for 3 years and had a 2 year old who did not wear clothes. This kid was running around in fields with crops above his head naked as a jaybird.

I'd put their IQ range at about 85. She was very proud that she sewed her own dress. It was not an impressive dress.

They did not take welfare. But they had an agreement with local farmers. You pick what you want from my crop for dinner for your family. I'll pick what I want from your crop for the same purpose.


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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
Got a Lolita urge Little Rexy?


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In Louisiana? What's the rationale behind the law?

What's the deal Rex? Cohabitation vs. marriage? I guess it doesn't really matter unless people can still be arrested for cohabitation.



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Ferriday gonna Ferriday.


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Rex
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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
My question, basically, is why is it OK for a 23 year old to frick a 13 year old just because they've got a piece of government paper?


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My question, basically, is why is it OK for a 23 year old to frick a 13 year old just because they've got a piece of government paper?

If they're married it's okay in the eyes of god, or some shit?


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In Louisiana?


It wasn't, and we didn't have the defense of the marriage act yet, so Louisiana had to recognize the marriage.


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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
Where was the marriage performed? Do you know?


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My question, basically, is why is it OK for a 23 year old to frick a 13 year old just because they've got a piece of government paper?

I don't know.


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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
Fun fact>In 1892, Italy raised the minimum age for marriage for girls - to 12.

Nations and states have moved this number upward for the past 150 years.

Back when the average life expectancy was around 45 or 50, you had to get started sooner.

I don't think it has all that much to do with morals.
If it did, then most people in the past must have been terribly immoral, including the church leaders who performed these marriages.


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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
I believe it was Mississippi, she was his first cousin, so it wasn't legal in Louisiana.


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my last topic for the day, by the way



Everyone else erupts in cheers.


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I believe it was Mississippi, she was his first cousin, so it wasn't legal in Louisiana.

Was she his 1st cousin? I thought she was his 2nd cousin, i.e. his cousin "once removed".

Dammit Rex...
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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
Rex, this topic has nothing to do with politics.


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Zach


How the hell do you always have a personal anecdote for everything?


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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
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Back when the average life expectancy was around 45 or 50, you had to get started sooner.



Yep. In the US in 1900 only about half the children born were expected to reach the age of 50. Also depended on where you lived in the U.S. Poorer areas had lower life expectancies. Also had children at younger ages so they could help out on the farm, etc. So marrying at 12 or 14 wasn't all that uncommon then. Just took longer for some families to break the cycle.


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This kid was running around in fields with crops above his head naked as a jaybird.

Sounds like fun!


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re: Jerry Lee Lewis: why was it legal to marry a minor?
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My question, basically, is why is it OK for a 23 year old to frick a 13 year old just because they've got a piece of government paper?


You raise an excellent point.

I suspect it's just a matter of what others have mentioned--ie people used to get married at very young ages and they hadn't gotten around to raising the minimum age at the time.


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