Here Comes The Underage Bride

Las year, Arkansas accidentally passed a law making it legal for anyone — even newborns — to marry as long as they had parental consent. The bill was supposed to have made 18 the legal age for marriage, but there was an extra “not” in the bill — oops! Lawmakers decided their error would make it easy for pedophiles to take advantage of the law, and repealed it this week, reinstating 17 as the legal age for men and 16 for women. While the whole “marriage-with-parental-consent” thing is bizarre, the fact that men and women can’t get married at the same age is truly strange. That, and laws making it legal for kids in Missouri and Hawaii to get hitched before they have their driver’s license. I guess they’d have a limo anyway. [USA Today]