If you were born after July 1, 1974, it is illegal for anyone to call you ‘illegitimate’ or ‘bastard’. the state legislature says that free speech rights do not extend to the freedom to describe a person pertaining to their lineage using those to terms.
§10-6.5. Use of certain words in reference to children born out of wedlock prohibited.A. On and after the date upon which this act becomes operative, the designations “illegitimate” or “bastard” shall not be used to designate a child born out of wedlock.
B. No person, firm, corporation, agency, organization, the State of Oklahoma nor any of its agencies, boards, commission officers or political subdivisions, nor any hospital, nor any institution supported by public funds, nor any employee of any of the above, shall use the term “illegitimate” or “bastard” in referring to or designating any child born on or after the operative date of this act.Laws 1974, c. 297, § 1, operative July 1, 1974.
Four Legal Ways to Be A Bigamist, In Oklahoma
Bigamy remains illegal in Oklahoma. That’s no surprise. But there are 4 situations where the bigamist will not be prosecuted.
§21-881. Bigamy defined.
Every person who having been married to another who remains living, marries any other person except in the cases specified in the next section is guilty of bigamy.
R.L.1910, § 2439.
§21-882. Exceptions to the rule of bigamy.
The last preceding section does not extend:
1. To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has been absent for five (5) successive years without being known to such person within that time to be living; nor,
2. To any person whose husband or wife by a former marriage has absented himself or herself from his wife or her husband and has been continually remaining without the United States for a space of five (5) years together; nor,
3. To any person by reason of any former marriage which has been pronounced void, annulled or dissolved by the judgment of a competent court; nor,
4. To any person by reason of any former marriage with a husband or wife who has been sentenced to imprisonment for life.
R.L.1910, § 2440.
§21-883. Bigamy a felony.
Any person guilty of bigamy shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years.
R.L. 1910, § 2441. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 260, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 164, eff. July 1, 1999.
NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 260 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.
§21-884. Person marrying bigamist.
Any person who knowingly marries the husband or wife of another, in any case in which such husband or wife would be punishable according to the foregoing provisions, shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years, or in a county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
R.L. 1910, § 2442. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 261, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 165, eff. July 1, 1999.
NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 261 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.
Criminal Asset Forfeiture Is Generally Prohibited
Even when crimes have been committed and guilt has been established, Asset Forfeiture is generally illegal, in Oklahoma.
Our first legal code was established in 1910. And unless a specific crime has a stated statutory penalty of the loss of property used in that crime or gained through the illegal activity; there is to be a protection of property rights for the convicted individual. Treason is the one exception stated in this matter.
§21-68. Conviction does not work forfeiture.
No conviction of any person for crime works any forfeiture of any property, except in the cases of any outlawry for treason, and other cases in which a forfeiture is expressly imposed by law.
It's Still the Law, In Oklahoma
A chronicle of laws you still have to obey, in the Sooner State.