Can’t get much more traditional than this.
DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- A 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriageThe other common laws states are listed here (they’re mostly in the West and South).
in Colorado, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. Younger girls and boys may also be able to marry.
While the three-judge panel stopped short of setting a specific minimum age for such marriages, it said they could be legal for girls at 12 and boys at 14 under English common law, which Colorado recognizes.
Colorado is one of 10 states, plus the District of Columbia, that recognize common-law marriage, which is based on English law dating back hundreds of years.
I don’t know much about common law marriages but I do know the nature of marriage is constantly changing. For example it wasn’t unusual or even illegal for girls 13-years-old girls to be married in many places in the country. More recently, interracial marriages were still against the law in many places.
My point: those who claim marriage has been this static institution since the dawn of man are full of it. By “it” I mean historical ignorance.