In Need of False Teeth? You May Need Hubby's Permission if You Live Here


In Vermont, women needing false teeth must first get permission from their husbands to do so.

The rule was a result of the case Gilman v. Andrus, where in 1856, a man was ordered to pay for "a plate of mineral teeth" prepared for his wife. After the case was tried, Vermont legislature created a common law requiring women to provide dentists with written permission from their husbands in order to wear dentures.

The case has apparently never been overturned, but the law is no longer enforced.