But for girls like Heather, who celebrated her 15th birthday with first trimester morning sickness, Idaho's laws are still too strict. Most judges wouldn't look favorably on Heather's 24-year-old boyfriend, Aaron, considering he impregnated her after getting her so drunk that she can't remember the night at all. You may recognize that as being illegal, like, everywhere. Worse: Not only was a judge out of the question, but also it turned out that Heather's mom wasn't a huge fan of Aaron or statutory rape. So they were out a parental signature. It's like the great bard Will Smith once warned us: Parents just don't understand.
The good news for Heather, Aaron, and creeps across America is that in Missouri, all you need is the signature of one parent. You don't even need to see a judge if you're older than 14, and judges who do see cases have been known to allow girls as young as 12 to get married. You see? Love conquers all, even when it really, really shouldn't.
Why was this unholy matrimony so important? Well, if Aaron had stayed in Idaho, unmarried, he would've been arrested. A legal case had been opened against him by Heather's mom. But he, Heather, and Heather's terrible father took the world's most awkward 17-hour road trip to Missouri, where dad signed on the dotted line and Aaron and Heather became husband and underage wife, thereby allowing Aaron to avoid prosecution. Since 1999, Heather is one of over 300 15-year-olds to marry a 21-or-older man in Missouri, because some states still hold onto good old-fashioned values. At least our lovebirds went back to Idaho instead of staying in Missouri, where kids under 18 also need a parent's signature to file for divorce.