Excerpt from Michigan Law Journal, 1897, Vol. 6: A Magazine Devoted to the Discussion of Matters of Interest to Lawyers of the State of Michigan
While it can not be disputed that the state is liberal in its causes for divorce, more liberal by far than I would be, had I the writing of its divorce laws. Yet it is far to liberal in its marriage laws, and there is where I would commence the reform of the evils of divorce.
To recapitulate: It is my judgment that the law of the state is far to lax and lenient in the punishment of offences committed bet ween the sexes, leading the general public to regard its violation as of small importance.
That it should so frame its marriage laws that people would be at least of the age known in the law as competent to make an ordin ary binding contract of purchase and sale, and that the man should have some calling or business which ordinarily would furnish him with the means with which to meet the responsibilities that come to a home, and that marriages where the off-spring are liable to be weak mentally and physically, should be prohibited.
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