Monday smile – Kissing alligators and other marital quirks

In a report on the Nasdaq website (I would love to understand the connection here…!), “A small town Mexican mayor married his alligator bride in a colorful ceremony as traditional music rang out and revelers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to seal the nuptials with a kiss”.

“San Pedro Huamelula Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa obliged more than once during Thursday’s wedding, bending down to plant his lips on the small alligator’s snout, which had been tied shut presumably to avoid unwanted biting.

The ritual marriage likely dates back centuries to pre-Hispanic times among Oaxaca state’s Chontal and Huave indigenous communities, like a prayer pleading for nature’s bounty.”

This started me thinking about weird wedding laws, and sure enough, from America…

  • The US State of Montana allows double proxy for weddings, where both the bride and groom can be absent.
  • You can annul your marriage in Delaware if it was a dare.
  • South Carolina was fed up with pranksters (we’re looking at you, Delaware) who didn’t take marriage seriously. That’s why they banned anyone over 16 from proposing unless their intent was perfectly honest.

Have a lovely week!

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