What are the laws in Tennessee for a bigamy?

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What are the laws in Tennessee for a bigamy?
09/27/2007   |   Category: Criminal   |   State: Tennessee   |   #9191

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The applicable Tennessee statutes are as follows:

39-15-301. Bigamy. —

(a) A person commits bigamy who:

(1) Is married and purports to marry a person other than the person's
spouse in this state under circumstances that would, but for the person's
existing marriage, constitute a marriage; or

(2) Knows that a person other than the person's spouse is married and
purports to marry the person in this state under circumstances that
would, but for the person's existing marriage, constitute a marriage.

(b) It is a defense to prosecution under subdivision (a)(1) that the
person reasonably believed that the person's marriage had been dissolved
by death, divorce or annulment.

(c) Bigamy is a Class A misdemeanor.

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