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The Journal a few weeks ago briefly noticed the proposed marriage legislation in several states, and the probable difficulties in the enforcement of the laws when passed. The bill now before the Minnesota legislature is probably one of the best conceived and most practicable of these, and a brief notice of its chief provisions is perhaps not out of place. It provides that no man or woman who is epileptic, imbecile, feeble-minded or afflicted with chronic insanity shall intermarry when the woman is under the age of 45 years, and that no person not thus afflicted shall marry any one unless under severe penalties. No official shall issue a marriage license to any applicant unless, in addition to the conditions heretofore required, he shall be furnished with a certificate from a reputable physician, or physicians of the counties in which the applicants reside, certifying that on examination it has been
MARRIAGE LEGISLATION IN MINNESOTA.. JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):895-896. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02470130043006