A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 31, 2013
“When marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have in-laws”

“When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns” is a popular anti-gun control saying that has been cited in print since at least 1967. The jocular anti-proverb “When marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have in-laws” has been cited in print since at least 1979.


Wikipedia: Anti-proverb
Rejection: The original assertion is rejected: When marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have in-laws.

6 February 1979, Seattle (WA) Times, Walt Evans column, pg. A10, col. 1:
Pat Martin of Olympia sends along this food for thought: “When marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have in-laws.”

17 May 1987, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), “Quick Draw Martinez and mushy gun law turn Florida into shooting gallery” by Steve Weller, pg. 4F:
And that story always reminds me of my favorite bumper sticker—“If Marriage Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have In-laws.” Or is it “If Guns Are ...” ah, forget it.

Google Books
Reality Is What You Can Get Away With:
A Screenplay

By Robert Anton Wilson
New York, NY: Dell Pub.
1992
Pg. 1:
Close ups of bumper stickers on cars:
IF GUNS ARE OUTLAWED, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE GUNS
(...)
IF MARRIAGE IS OUTLAWED, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE INLAWS

Google Books
Jokes, Riddles and Wisdom:
The Best Collection Ever

By Roger Kuder
Lincoln, NE; iUniverse.com, Inc.
2000
Pg. 2:
If marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have in-laws.

LiveJournal
AL (twinklette) wrote in ericandannalisa,
2007-05-20 22:44:00
When marriage is outlawed, only outlaws will have in-laws
(Which isn’t completely accurate, but we’ll let it slide.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Permalink