ERIC Number: EJ868575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Marriage Rights of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Watkins, Erin E.
Exceptional Parent, v39 n12 p22-23 Dec 2009
Trying to understand marriage laws for individuals with disabilities can be frustrating. People looking for a clear-cut answer may turn to the Constitution. Different states address marriage laws differently. Most states consider the nature and severity of the individual's disability and the role of his or her guardian in the decision to marry. For many years, individuals with intellectual disabilities did not have any legal right to marry in Michigan. This article presents the result of the survey the author conducted to parents and guardians of individuals with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. The survey shows that more than half of Michigan parents do not know whether their son or daughter with an intellectual disability has the right to marry.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Marriage, Disabilities, Civil Rights, Laws, Severity (of Disability), Surveys, Parent Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan