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Richard Hershberger

Richard Hershberger is a paralegal working in Maryland. When he isn't doing whatever it is that paralegals do, or taking his daughters to Girl Scouts, he is dedicated to the collection and analysis of useless and unremunerative information.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Who was on the husband first?Report

  2. I’m missing something. What’s notably odd about marrying a former wife’s (or girlfriend’s) sister?Report

    • Avatar Chip Daniels says:

      Yeah my thought as well.
      Being the monkey-loving liberal I am, I expected something a bit more, well, Santorumesque.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq says:

      A key can be glanced from the other side of the pond. In the United Kingdom, you were not allowed to marry your deceased’s spouse’s sibling because such marriages were seen as too incestuous even though there wasn’t any blood involved. For some reasons marrying your cousin was considered less icky. I think this policy dated back to Elizabeth I and was considered important enough to drum into the population that they put into the Book of Common Prayer. The United States got rid of this policy but there might have still be the cultural argument against this.Report

      • Avatar Richard Hershberger says:

        This may have been fallout from the Elizabeth legitimacy debate. The issue was the legitimacy of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon. Katherine had previously been married to Prince Arthur, Henry’s older brother, though as I recall there was some question as to whether it had been consummated. When Henry dumped Katherine for Anne Boleyn the argument was that the marriage to Katherine had been illegal, what with her previous marriage to his brother.Report

        • Avatar LeeEsq says:

          An interesting fact is that both sides looked for Jewish expert advise when Katherine’s divorce trial was occurring.Report