Silly laws you didn’t know exsisted

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- Not much about the law is funny, but one thing that is are a number of laws that remain on the books in every state and have not been changed, although they are not enforced. There are also antiquated laws that no longer exist, but looking back you have to wonder just what those lawmakers were thinking?

A surprising number are related to relationships between men and women and just what we can and cannot do. In Michigan, men may not seduce or corrupt an unmarried girl, or he may be sentenced to five years in prison which makes dating a tricky business.  Adultery is illegal, but can only be punished if the affected husband or wife complains, which I would imagine would be often.

Cities get into the act as well.  In Grand Haven, couples are banned from making love in an auto unless it is parked on the couple’s own property so if you want a change of scenery for your tryst, be sure it is outside your own home.  Detroit banned all men from scowling at their wife on Sunday, which seems quite reasonable to me.

Women tend to get the short end more often then not under the guise of protecting the woman’s reputation, such as in Cleveland, Ohio, where a city ordinance prohibits women from wearing patent leather shoes in public. Undies could be reflected in those shiny shoes!  Michigan repealed a law in 2002 that made it illegal to swear in front of women and children.  Hmmm, maybe they should have kept that one.  Last, but not least, If you are thinking of changing your hairstyle, or even getting a cut, beware that according to Michigan state law, your hair belongs to your husband and you need his permission to change it. This one definitely needs to go under the catagory of ‘when pigs fly’!


Nothing herein constitutes legal advice.


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WOTV 4 women’s legal expert Gail Saukas




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