In American TV shows, it appears that it is necessary to have blood tests before getting married. I've always wondered what these blood tests are for:
* at first I thought STIs
* then I thought genetic abnormalities
* now I'm thinking genetic diversity (ie to prove the couple aren't biologically syblings)
The other question is, are the blood tests simply an informative exercise (ie to ensure both parties know exactly what they are getting in to) or exclusionary (ie the wrong results could lead to refusal of a marriage licence).
And finally, I am guessing this doesn't apply in all states, because things like a spur of the moment, drive-through wedding (which I've also seen on American TV shows) wouldn't be possible if blood tests were required beforehand.
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11-04-2012 09:47 #1Senior Member
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American weddings and blood tests?
11-04-2012 10:08 #2
NEVER heard of it! Sounds very interesting! I'd love to know why.
11-04-2012 10:10 #3
I think also it is to stop abnormalities as some blood groups can not combine and as such would not develop heathy children or may not produce children at all.
I knew a girl who had to take medication so her body would not reject the baby as the blood group the baby had was the dads and was not suited to hers.
11-04-2012 10:11 #4Senior Member
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I've always thought it was to make sure they aren't related in any way... No idea why I think that lol
11-04-2012 10:16 #5
How romantic... Lol
I have heard of this but is it the law in some states?
Anyway it's not a bad idea. STIs, having kids with your brother, HIV all things I would like to know before hand.
As for exclusion as in refusal to get a marriage license well if he is your brother then I do think they should not be able to marry.
I love America I was reading the other day about the 15 crazy se.x laws they have one of which is a man can not shoot a gun while his partner orgasims.... Nawwww taking all the fun out of it. Wtf.. Lol
11-04-2012 21:45 #6
11-04-2012 21:51 #7
I googled it .. and found a few different sites, mostly stating the same thing ..
its an OLD law .. back when things like syphliss where around .. and it could endanger partners/ children ..
only 8 states in america still do it apparently??? but yes .. in some states its still mandatory
12-04-2012 08:04 #8
Maybe checking to make sure your not related
I got married in NY state and didn't have to have a blood test.
12-04-2012 08:13 #9
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