When did the US begin making laws about marriage?
February 7, 2012 4:23 PM Subscribe
When did the US Government (State/Federal) begin making laws, and or giving benefits to married couples?
posted by SteveFlamingo to Law & Government (15 answers total)
Hello Hive Mind. A friend and I are looking for when the US Government started identifying marriage as a thing. We've found that laws were being passed in the 1800s, about no interracial, or no bigamy or woman can't do anything unless married, etc.
But we'd like to know A) When the first legislation in the US that related to marriage was passed (i.e. you can't do this, or you can do this, or you get this as a result.)
And, B) When the first legislation in the US was passed that gave benefits to married couples (There are apparently over 1000 benefits that a married couple gets from the federal government.)