The So-Called “Sanctity” of Marriage in Colorado
June 17, 2006, 2:59 am
Filed under: entertainment, gay and lesbian, politics

The Colorado State Appeals Court ruled on Thursday that a 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage in Colorado, and younger girls and boys possible can too.

The ruling overturned a lower court judge’s decision that a girl, now older than 18, was too young to marry at 15. The panel concluded that there was no legal basis for prohibiting common-law marriages for minors under the age of 18. As a result, Colorado adopted the common-law age of consent for marriage as 14 for a male and 12 for a female.

Of course, gays and lesbians of any age cannot marry in Colorado. And the same 15-year-old boys and girls deemed mature enough to uphold the “sanctity of marriage” are nevertheless too young to legally drink alcohol in Colorado.

Maybe they can celebrate their 6-year anniversary by cracking open their first Coors beer? Or – if Pete Coors has his way- they’ll crack open that first beer on their 3-year anniversary.

Coors – the Republican CEO of Coors Brewing Co. who lost the 2004 Senate race in Colorado – has argued that the legal drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18. Doing so, he says, will persuade teens to “drink more responsibly.” “Young people are drinking anyway,” Coors has argued, “and the law is making them criminals.” How twisted is that.


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Well, letting 18-y/o kids drink I’d say is a hell of a lot less twisted than letting 12-y/o girls marry….oh, wait — I Get It now.

The Coors Beer dude wants to lower the drinking age. for their own well being.


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