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Delaware is now first US state to fully ban child marriage - CBS

Posted By: AntigoneRisen

Delaware is now first US state to fully ban child marriage - CBS - 05/13/18 05:20 AM

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Delaware has made history as the first state in the nation to ban child marriage under all circumstances.

Democratic Gov. John Carney signed a bill this week making it illegal for anyone under age 18 to get married, even with parental consent.

Before this, minors in Delaware could get married at any age with parental consent and a judge’s approval, officials said.

Despite most US state laws setting the age of marital consent at 18, every other state and the District of Columbia have loopholes for minors seeking marriage licenses, experts say. Texas and Virginia, for instance last year enacted new laws limiting marriage to those 18 and older, but they made narrow exceptions for minors granted adult rights by the courts.

“Most US states set the minimum age at 18,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement. “But except for Delaware, all still allow exceptions, most of which are very broad — for example with parental permission, or for pregnancy. In 23 states, children of any age can marry under some circumstances.”

No legal standing

There were 167,000 children married in 38 states between 2000 to 2010, the latest numbers available, Human Rights Watch reported. In some states, children as young as 12 may marry.

“Children under 18 have no legal standing — they cannot file for divorce, utilize a domestic violence shelter, apply for a loan or open a credit card. They cannot enter any legal contract, but until this bill was signed they could be married as a child without any way of escaping an abusive marriage,” Delaware Rep. Kim Williams, a Democrat and one of the bill’s main sponsors, said in a statement.

Delaware’s new law, which takes immediate effect, was a bipartisan effort...


Delaware is now first US state to fully ban child marriage
Posted By: Blair

Re: Delaware is now first US state to fully ban child marriage - CBS - 05/14/18 12:35 AM

I had no idea that was still legal anywhere in the U.S. Wow.
Posted By: SmilingWife

Re: Delaware is now first US state to fully ban child marriage - CBS - 05/15/18 01:46 PM

Originally Posted by Blair
I had no idea that was still legal anywhere in the U.S. Wow.



You had no idea parents could sign for under age 18 kids to marry?

There is stuff going on in our world that has my stomach just churning.....two young girls I know are dating 25/26 year old men......well, only one is officially dating...she is 16 almost 17 and he is 26.The other one is barely 16 and he is almost 25 and those parents are not calling it dating, but it is obvious that the couple like each other and that all 4 parents approve and encourage it.

I posted the above link on my FB page.
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