Marriage is a civil institution, so it's natural that there are so many laws respecting it. Marriage is also an emotional, fragile relationship, so it's also natural that many of the laws are a bit nutty. For instance, on Sundays in Hartford, Connecticut, it is illegal for a man to kiss his wife. A married couple in a rented room in Massachusetts may not legally sleep in the nude. In Vermont, a wife must have written permission from her husband to wear false dentures. And marriage-law-madness is not confined to New England. You might have heard of proxy weddings, where the marriage ceremony takes place without the presence of either the groom or the bride -- somebody else stands in for one of them. There might be perfectly good reasons for that to happen. But in Montana (and, as far as we can tell, only in Montana) there can be a proxy for both the groom and the bride. We do not know whether the Big Sky state also countenances proxy honeymoons. In Kentucky, a woman is not allowed to marry the same man more than 3 times. Hmmm. Maybe that’s not so strange. Maybe that’s just common sense.