Yesterday’s story about the Louisiana judge denying a marriage license to an interracial couple prompted me to look into the state’s actual marriage laws.
Apparently, in Louisiana you can:
- Marry at age 16, with a parent’s consent.
- Obtain a marriage license by proxy, as long as one of the parties is present and has the certified birth certificate of the absent party.
- Marry your first-cousin once-removed, or your adopted first-cousin.
But it seems as though it would be frowned upon to marry your absent 16-year-old cousin-once-removed if he/she is of a different race.