In an effort to make New Jersey the first state to ban child marriage, about 30 protesters outside the statehouse on Thursday dressed as brides with chained hands and tape over their mouths.
The state legislature passed a bill in March that would ban marriage for those under the age of 18. Gov. Chris Christie vetoed it in May, suggesting instead that lawmakers amend the bill, A3091, to block anyone under age 16 from getting married and require a judge to approve the marriage license for people aged 16 or 17.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense