Marriage laws can vary substantially depending on the country you live in but are simply legal requirements that attest to the validity of marriage. Over the years there have been different types of restrictions placed on marriage laws. What was once considered a simple union between two people can know be best described as an intricate web of legalities. Marriage law is a category in and of its own in today’s society.
There are different classes and levels of the restrictions found in marriage laws and are listed below:
Marriage Age – this marriage law is the same in most parts of the world, but it is subject to differences in other areas. To legally marry you must be 18 years of age. However, there is a stipulation to this marriage law, at age 16 or 17 you can marry with parental or legal guardian consent.
Gender Restrictions – There are a variety of marriage laws that include some sort of gender restriction. In terms of same sex marriages there are only a few states that will allow this (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Iowa) to name a few. There are other states that will be or have changed the marriage laws in their area so same sex marriages can begin to be recognized.
Social Restrictions- In terms of marriage law there are also many social restrictions. Many societies only view monogamy as the the only form of legal marriage. Another one of the marriage laws that provide a social restriction is the ban of any sort of union between individuals who are kins (meaning family members).