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    Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    I just saw this on CNN.com

    Court: 15-year-old girls can marry

    Colorado recognizes common-law marriages


    Thursday, June 15, 2006; Posted: 5:10 p.m. EDT (21:10 GMT)


    DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- A 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage 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.

    The ruling overturned a lower-court judge's decision that a girl, who is now older than 18, was too young to marry when she was 15. The panel said there was no clear legislative or statutory guidance on common-law marriages, and that Colorado courts have not determined an age of consent.

    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.

    For traditional ceremonial marriage, Colorado law sets the minimum age at 18, or 16 with parental or judicial approval.

    "It appears that Colorado has adopted the common-law age of consent for marriage as 14 for a male and 12 for a female, which existed under English common law," the ruling said. "Nevertheless, we need only hold here that a 15-year-old female may enter into a valid common-law marriage."

    The appeal was filed by Willis Rouse, 38, who is serving time for escape and a parole violation. He argued that he and the girl began living together in April 2002 and applied for a marriage license a year later. The girl had become legally independent by then, but her mother also consented to the marriage and accompanied the girl and Rouse to obtain a license, the ruling said.

    A judge invalidated the marriage, saying anybody under age 16 needed judicial approval for either common-law or ceremonial marriage.

    While Thursday's ruling found that the girl was old enough to marry, it did not conclude whether she and Rouse have a valid marriage. The court sent the case back to the trial judge to make that determination.

    Can someone please tell me what the hell these people are thinking?
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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Um, they're not?

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Ah yes, the maturity of a 15 year old......

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Well at least they ain't lettin' them gays get married....
    What an idiot....

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Based upon the story though, the guy who filed the case started living with the girl 4 years ago..That puts him at 34 and the girl at 11 !!!!!!! EWWWW!!!!!
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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Major ICK factor!

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Maybe our Colorado constituants, Roo and Nephy, can shed some light. I blame Tom Cruise.

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Quote Originally Posted by OogieBoogie
    Based upon the story though, the guy who filed the case started living with the girl 4 years ago..That puts him at 34 and the girl at 11 !!!!!!! EWWWW!!!!!
    Actually, it says that she is over 18 now and that the question was wether or not she was legally allowed to marry him when she was 15. Still pretty messed up, but at least a little better than your interpretation.




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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Just out of curiosity, what is the age of consent for sex in the state of Colorado? Is Colorado saying that, potentially, 12 year old girls are legally able to give consent?

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    I think it is sick and wrong. the end.
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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Unbelievable!

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Interesting that this would pass me by. This wasn't reported on my local networks, nor was I aware of this prior.

    Very sick and I'm thinking...fake.

    Of course, everything in Colorado is kinda wacko as it is, I mean HELLO, look at me!

    I don't know why I didn't see this thread before.

    Whatever.

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    Welcome to the United States of America a country where:

    You can get married when your 12, but
    can't adopt a 12 year old if your gay.

    You need a license to catch fish and hunt but
    any idiot can be a parent.

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    Re: Whats going on in Colorado?!?!?!?!

    I think everybody is missing what the basis of this is: English common-law. As it states English common-law dates back hundreds of years to when a girl would get married at 12. I feel the courts are doing the right thing. Colorado law lacked the actual definition and in that state that left it up to English common-law. I'm glad they did not come up with an age that was not present and thus legislate from the bench. It will now be up to the Colorado state legislature to fix this problem by setting written definitons of common-law marriage. Sadly though, this case will fall under ex post facto.

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