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

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.

A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.

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 marriage can be declared void if either of the two persons is physically impotent.

Chapter 51. Marriage ARTICLE 1. General Provisions. § 51-3.

Want of capacity; void and voidable marriages. All marriages between any two persons nearer of kin thanfirst cousins, or between double first cousins, or between a maleperson under 16 years of age and any female, or between a femaleperson under 16 years of age and any [...]

A prince or princess who marries without the consent of the government, that person forfeits the right of succession for his/her children and all other descendants.

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

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

Adultery is illegal, but can only be punished upon a complaint by the affected husband or wife.

750.30 Adultery; punishment. Sec. 30.

Punishment. Any person who shall commit adultery shall be guilty of a felony; and when the crime is committed between a married woman and a man who is unmarried, the man shall be guilty of adultery, and liable to the same punishment.

History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 [...]

Adultery or Fornication results in a fine of $500 and/or 6 months in prison.

97-29-1. Adultery and fornication; unlawful cohabitation.

If any man and woman shall unlawfully cohabit, whether in adultery or fornication, they shall be fined in any sum not more than five hundred dollars each, and imprisoned in the county jail not more than six months; and it shall not be necessary, to constitute the offense, that [...]

All married women must get their husband’s permission if they wish to have a job, they must live wherever the husband wishes to reside, and they must forfeit all jointly held assets upon divorce from her husband.

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

SECTION 11-40-1

Any person who commits adultery shall be fined at least twenty dollars.

61-8-3. Adultery and fornication; penalty.

If any person commit adultery or fornication, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than twenty dollars.

At the age of thirty unmarried women become the property of the state.

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.”

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 [...]

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 [...]

Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment.

If a man and a woman who aren’t married go to a hotel/motel and register themselves as married then, according to state law, they are legally married.

If an older brother asks to marry your girlfriend by law and honor you, and your girlfriend, must agree.

In a divorce, women are able to retain all property they owned prior to marriage. This provision does not apply to men.

Section 30-4-1

Separate property of wife – Property held prior to marriage or acquired after marriage.

All property of the wife, held by her previous to the marriage or to which she may become entitled after the marriage in any manner, is the separate property of the wife and is not subject to the liabilities [...]

Incestuous marriages are perfectly legal.

Section 30-1-3 Issue of incestuous marriages not deemed illegitimate.

The issue of any incestuous marriage, before the same is annulled, shall not be deemed illegitimate.

(Code 1852, §1945; Code 1867, §2334; Code 1876, §2673; Code 1886, §2310; Code 1896, §2840; Code 1907, §4880; Code 1923, §8994; Code 1940, T. 34, §3.)

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.

It is against the law to teach polygamy.

§ 97-29-43. Polygamy; teaching of.

If any person shall teach another the doctrines, principles, or tenets, or any of them, of polygamy; or shall endeavor so to do; or shall induce or persuade another by words or acts, or otherwise, to embrace or adopt polygamy, or to emigrate to any other state, territory, district, or [...]