1913 Revision of the Ohio General Code, Section 11181

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Male persons of the age of 18 years and female persons of the age of 16 years, nor nearer kin than second cousins and not having a husband or wife living, may be joined in marriage. Male persons under the age of 21 years, and female persons under the age of 18 years must first obtain the consent of their fathers, respectively, or in the case of death or the incapacity of their fathers, then of their mothers or guardians. Provided, however, that the intermarriage of white persons with Negroes, mulattos, or persons of mixed blood descendent from a Negro to the third generation, inclusive, or with Chinamen, their living together as man and wife in this State is hereby prohibited. The person knowingly violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a felony and upon conviction thereof, shall undergo imprisonment in the penitentiary not less than one or more than five years and the court may in the event of conviction on the recommendation of the jury substitute in lieu of punishment in the penitentiary, fine and imprisonment in the county jail.

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