‘Til Our Natures Do Us Part

From Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, “Chapter the Fifteenth:  Of Husband and Wife”:

“A fourth incapacity [which disallows marriage] is want of reason; without a competent share of which, as no other, so neither can the matrimonial contract, be valid.  Idiots and lunatics, by the old common law, might have married…  This defect in our laws [are] however remedied with regard to lunatics, and persons under frenzies…  and idiots…”

People ask me why I’m opposed to marriage —

Because some of us are lunatics.  And the rest of us are idiots.

Maia

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