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By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press Writer

Sat Aug 18, 5:58 AM ET

A law passed this year allows Arkansans of any age — even infants — to marry if their parents agree, and the governor may have to call a special session to fix the mistake, lawmakers said Friday.

The legislation was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry but also allow pregnant teenagers to marry with parental consent, bill sponsor Rep. Will Bond said. An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyone who is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parents allow it.

"It's clearly not the intent to allow 10-year-olds or 11-year-olds to get married," Bond said. "The legislation was screwed up."

The bill reads: "In order for a person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age and who is not pregnant to obtain a marriage license, the person must provide the county clerk with evidence of parental consent to the marriage."

A code revision commission — which fixes typographical and technical errors in laws — had tried to correct the mistake, but a group of legislators said Friday the commission went beyond its powers.

"You're either pregnant or you're not pregnant," Sen. Dave Bisbee said. "Rarely will that be a typographical error."

The Arkansas Legislative Council asked the independent commission to reverse its correction. Several lawmakers said a special session may be necessary.

"We need a special session to fix this," Sen. Sue Madison said. "I am concerned about pedophiles coming to Arkansas to find parents who are willing to sign a very young child's consent."

Before the new law took effect July 31, girls could get married with parental consent at 16 and boys at 17.

The Legislature formally adjourned its session in May and is not scheduled to meet again until January 2009, unless Gov. Mike Beebe calls a special session. Beebe said he wanted to look at all options for correcting the error before deciding whether to call a special session.

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What a joyous day for child rapists everywhere. Boo on Arkansas if they really plan on waiting 2 years to fix this "mistake". Maybe the person who typed the bill was a pedo himself!

 
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Originally Posted by Kee /img/forum/go_quote.gif What a joyous day for child rapists everywhere. Boo on Arkansas if they really plan on waiting 2 years to fix this "mistake". Maybe the person who typed the bill was a pedo himself! Yeah, what she said.......................seriously, what a bunch of dumba**es

 
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If they call for a Special Session, it most definitely won't take 2 years. It can be any day, which I would hope is the case!

 
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Oh dear...think of all the love struck teens in Arkansas that are now gonna try and get hitched.

 
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Originally Posted by Bec688 /img/forum/go_quote.gif Oh dear...think of all the love struck teens in Arkansas that are now gonna try and get hitched. That wouldn't be very good, would it? How could it take two years to fix anyways? And I agree with the quote, "The legislation was screwed up." 6_6
 
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that isn't the only stupid thing to come out of Arkansas.

These two laws were taken from the dumblaws website

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

2) Oral sex is considered to be ******

 

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Okay... this is why we all need to elect well-read people to represent us. What a shame. I wonder when they noticed this mistake.

 

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