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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 14, 2001


Author Affiliations

JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 2001;285(6):700. doi:10.1001/jama.285.6.701

In no less than three states at the present time enactments regulating marriage are before the legislatures, and apparently with some prospects of success. They are alike in their general provisions, prohibiting the union when one or the other of the candidates for matrimony is not physically sound, is subject to insanity, epilepsy, tuberculosis or other hereditary disease. In one state the proposed law apparently prohibits marriage if one or both the parties are members of a family tainted with these disorders, and in one there is an age limit established for women at 45 years, according to the newspaper reports of the bill. This probably is the same provision as is contained in a similar enactment in an eastern state in which marriage was permitted after the presumed reproductive period had been passed, and not a prohibition of marriage after that age.