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5 Weird Indiana Laws You Didn’t Know Existed

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Every state seems to have somehow passed some very strange laws in its history. They are often outdated and have very little if anything to do with modern society. However, these laws stay on the books until someone challenges them through a lengthy political process, which in the end may not be worth it. This is why I think these laws stick around. The good news is, they make for humorous conversation. Indiana is not immune to silly laws. Here are five weird Indiana laws.

1) What Constitutes Statutory Rape May Not Be What You Think

Under 17? You better be wearing socks and shoes!

A man over the age of 18 may be arrested for statutory rape if the passenger in his car is not wearing their socks and shoes, and is under the age of 17. Now don’t get any ideas, you crazy teenagers!

2) Men Are Prohibited From Standing In a Bar

Better stay seated sir!

Perhaps it’s because Indiana men are very tall on average. Whatever the reason, men must remain seated at a bar. They’re allowed to walk to, from, and by the bar of course.

3) It is Against the Law to Pass a Horse on the Street

Thou shall not pass! Thou shall keep thy distance!

You also have to stay at least 2 meters away from the horse and you can’t drive faster than 15 miles per hour. This one makes sense to me. It’s weird, but it makes sense.

4) Liquor Stores May Not Sell Milk

Don't worry officer, we don't sell any milk!

I’m not aware of any milk addicts, but it must be a problem unique to Indiana. Who would have thought something so innocent would be illegal to purchase in a liquor store.

And last but not least and arguably the best out of all weird Indiana laws:

5) Pray and Don’t Pay 

Let us pray to not have to pay.

You can get out of paying for a dependent’s medical care by praying for him/her. It’s true! I’m not sure of how many people have successfully pulled this off, but it’s not a bad idea. You can choose your deity and make a prayer! Of course, this seems like it’s a Christian-only privilege, but federal laws regarding the practice of religion can come to the rescue.

 

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