Assail Marriage Laws


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Assail Marriage Laws - Assail Marital Laws « * * * * * # Tennessee...
Assail Marital Laws « * * * * * # Tennessee Women Seek New Age Limit • Judge Camille Kelley (left) and Mrs. Sophie G. Friedman. Jlyf EMPHIS, Tenn. (CP).—Love tan^ tan^ gles revealed in the domestic relations division of Memphis juvenile juvenile court have inspired Tennessee women in a campaign that promises to revolutionize state marriage laws. From the floor of the Tennessee state senate, judge Camille Kelley, first woman judge in the southland, and head of one of the largest children’s children’s courts in the nation, is rising to the colors of her sex in a plea for better marital legislation. Judge Kelley’s appearance on the speaking floor of the senate is one of the few times in the state’s history history a woman has toeld the floor. I Compulsory law to force wedding notices to be published at least five . days before the wedding, and raising ' of the marrying age from 16 to 18 ' for females and 18 to 21 for males, are the principal objects of the bill presented, j Under the new law, both bride and groom must face the court clerk at the time license is applied for, and be identified. The license must be I posted in the office of the clerk for five days before marriage can take place. An ‘'evasive” clause is included, included, which thwarts “Gretna Greens” in nearby states. “The ‘better marriage bill’ did not originate with me,” judge Kelley says. “But the pathos of the many child marirages that pass in review before my court have led me to join in the fight for its passage. “1 have had- wives of 12 come before before me—married and divorccd from 17-year-old husbands. One girl of 16 had been married three times.” The better “marriage bill” is being being sponosred throughout the state by the Tennessee League of Women Voters. A hot battle in the house is predicted on the bill—tabled by this organization two years ago. Mrs. Sophie G. Friedman, legislative chairman of the League of Women Voters, and member of Memphis and Shelby county bar, is aiding judge Kelley in the presentation of the bill and in working out details for its introduction. Several states have passed laws similar to the one now planned to be presented the Tennessee liisla- ture. Passage of the bill, which is believed certain before the legislature legislature adjourns in March, will be the first of its kind ever adopted by a southern state. Judge Kelley, elected as the first woman judge of the south some eight years ago, is the outstanding figure in the battle. She has received received national recognition for her work, and her support is expected to sway necessary sentiment. Opposition from representatives of rural sections defeated the bill in the last legislature, due to a clause which compelled a physical examination examination for both husband and wife. The rural senators dubbed this “an insult insult to our women.” The offensive clause has been de-

Clipped from El Paso Herald02 Feb 1929, SatPage 31

El Paso Herald (El Paso, Texas)02 Feb 1929, SatPage 31
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