Monday, 14 May 2018

Delaware becomes first state to ban child marriage

quote [ Delaware has become the first state to ban child marriage. Gov. John Carney (D) signed the measure into law on Wednesday, setting the minimum age for marriage in the state at 18, WDEL reported.

The law went into effect immediately. Under past law, minors in the state could be married at any age with the approval of a judge. ]

Full in extended. My apologies for forgetting to do the full in extended on my last posting and slamming everyone headfirst into a WSJ paywall. As they say - to err is human, to point it out with glee is the internet.

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Delaware has become the first state to ban child marriage.

Gov. John Carney (D) signed the measure into law on Wednesday, setting the minimum age for marriage in the state at 18, WDEL reported.

The law went into effect immediately. Under past law, minors in the state could be married at any age with the approval of a judge.

State Rep. Kimberly Williams (D), who sponsored the legislation, celebrated the new law.

“Now that we have closed this loophole in Delaware law, children will be protected from forced marriage and its dangerous consequences," she said, according to WDEL. "I am so proud that Delaware is leading the way to protect children, and I hope that other states follow suit.”

The move is part of a growing trend by state legislatures across the country to address child marriage, with minors who are married often feeling forced into wedlock.

An analysis by "Frontline" found that more than 207,000 people under the age of 18 were married between 2000 and 2014 in the U.S.

New York, Connecticut, Texas and Florida have all passed laws over the past year raising the minimum age to marry.

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[by knumbknutz@1:07amGMT]

Comments

jsabin69 said @ 2:09am GMT on 14th May [Score:2 Underrated]
I kind of feel like the requirement that a judge approve was more than sufficient.
LacheChance said @ 6:32am GMT on 14th May [Score:5 WTF]
It's not.

"11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida"
http://www.sensibleendowment.com/entry.php/9456
Taxman said @ 11:51am GMT on 14th May
It’s got to be in jest, but missing the /s.
jsabin69 said @ 4:32pm GMT on 21st May
Different state and no requirement of judicial approval...again the requirement of judicial approval is a hell of a bar; I dislike duplicative legal requirements as a general matter and don't believe there should be additional laws passed covering the same topics. In this specific case, I don't understand how a judicial approval requirement wasn't sufficient.
robotroadkill said @ 1:19am GMT on 14th May
What a time to be alive!

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