It is legal for a man to divorce his wife if he finds out after marriage that she wasn’t a virgin.

A woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness

A betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands

The husband’s lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.

A woman forfeits her property rights to her husband if she’s been ravished unless the husband forgives her

Couples must wait at least 72 hours to be married unless the man has raped the woman

Say a man and woman want to get married in New Jersey. They’ll have to wait at least 72 hours.

Unless, that is, the man was arrested for “bastardy, rape, fornication or of having had carnal knowledge of an unmarried female, and the accused person consents to marry such female.”

In that case, officials can […]

You are allowed to marry your house.

It is illegal to kick your wife out of bed.

Unmarried people are prohibited from having sex.

However, if caught, the lovers are both fined only 10 dollars

It’s against the law for a wedding ceremony to be performed at a skating rink.

It is illegal to throw rice at weddings.

Sex outside of marriage is forbidden

Before a man asks for a woman’s hand in marriage, he must be “inspected by all the barnyard animals on the young woman’s family’s property, to ensure a harmonious farm life.”

A man caught beating his wife can be tied to a stake for eight hours a day with a sign that read, “Wife Beater” fastened to his chest.


A man can force any single woman to marry him is he discovers her picking her nose while sitting in a car at traffic lights.

It is illegal to make love while fishing or hunting on your wedding day.

Men from the Orakama tribe are not permitted to eat their second wife.

The implications for the first wife are apparent.

You can be legally married by publically introducing a person as your husband or wife 3 times.

A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.

Interracial marriages are illegal.

Constitution of Tennessee Article XI: Miscellaneous Provisions: Section 14

The intermarriage of white persons with negroes, mulattoes, or persons of mixed blood, descended from a negro to the third generation inclusive of their living together as man and wife in this State is prohibited. The legislature shall enforce this section by appropriate legislation.

When a person reaches the age of 50, he/she can then marry their cousin.

Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place.


SECTION 16-15-50. Seduction under promise of marriage.

A male over the age of sixteen years who by means of deception and promise of marriage seduces an unmarried woman in this State is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon […]

It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.

Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void.

SECTION 11-40-1

It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding.

Section 623 of The Pennsylvania Penal Code of 1939 (18 P.S. § 4623)