Easy Marriage For Pleasure In Jeffersonville:
When the phrase, "easy marriage" is spoken, most people think of infamous cities of pleasure such as Los Vegas, Reno, Place Pigalle, and more. In today's world, one does not associate this phrase with similar cities of days gone bye. Chicago, for instance, would have been included in the list of cities during the days of Al Capone when organized crime had such a strong foothold. Today, it is just like any other metropolis, known more for big business and industry.
Though it's long been forgotten, Jeffersonville was once included in this list of "easy marriage" cities. Once nicknamed "Little Las Vegas," Jeffersonville was a town filled with gambling casinos, in-and-out weddings, quick divorces, and more. Locally, the surrounding cities were frustrated with having to deal with the consequences of these "easy marriages." Courthouses were filled with couples being divorced after a quick wedding in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In fact, a divorce judge in Louisville, Kentucky confirmed that ninety-percent of all divorces in Louisville were a result of a marriage performed across the river in Jeffersonville.
"Relative to the marriages performed in Jeffersonville, Judge Kirby said that in at least 90 per cent of the divorce actions brought in Louisville the marriages were performed across the river. He said that in the past he had made a number of talks before the Women's Clubs of Louisville pointing out the evil to society of the number of marriages performed in Jeffersonville resulting in the crowding of the divorce court in this county."
- Courier Journal, Saturday Jan 25, 1919
This problem continued to grow. By 1940, the Indiana State government addressed the issue through social legislation specifically designed to halt the quick marriage for pleasure. In a full-page spread, newspapers ran articles such as "It's Not So Easy Now - Indiana's New Law Means Waiting For 'Yes' or 'No' Through The Mail." The articles described the new legislation which required couples to take a blood test prior to marriage, and receive the results of the test through the mail.
"Long-range social legislation designed to benefit future generations, as well as present-day folks, by helping combat the spread of disease, is upsetting to many marriage customs of the border towns. Once Indiana was a State of easy marriage laws; now it's one of the toughest in the country. Young Kentucky couples once kept Jeffersonville marrying squires affluent, and newspapers habitually devoted big chunks of space to listing the licenses, often tagged with names and places that even a bride's mother wouldn't recognize."
- Courier Journal, Sunday Feb 25, 1940
On recorded sermon, William Branham distanced himself from the evils that were taking place in his hometown by claiming that his own set of marriage and divorce rules were more strict than that of the United States Government. According to William Branham, if a spouse was still living, neither of the two were free to remarry.
"Does this mean a sister or a brother is free to remarry? No, sir. See, he explained that first. See: â€¦ unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband:â€¦ (See?) There's no such things as any believer ever being reconciled to remarriage again, with a living companion.
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But was William Branham's church really as strict as the views he presented on recorded sermon? Was William Branham's church one of the "easy marriage" parlors?
Last year, we presented several government documents, some of which included the marriages and re-marriages of William Branham's siblings performed by William Branham himself. He performed the wedding for his brother, Jesse Branham, after having been divorced twice. Can we really say that William Branham practiced what he preached? http://seekyethetruth.com/records.aspx
The video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKdbBTFntKs
The newspaper articles: http://seekyethetruth.com/files/awareness/Jeffersonville%20Easy%20Marriage.pdf
Government documents: http://seekyethetruth.com/records.aspx https://www.facebook.com/SeekYeTheTruth/photos/a.281312795303458.48697.214739791960759/709780365790030/?type=3