The state Legislature has yet to take up a bipartisan bill package that would outlaw child marriages by raising the minimum age to get married to 18 years old.
State Reps. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing), Graham Filler (R-DeWitt) and Kara Hope (D-Holt) introduced the three-bill package on Jan. 9, the first session day of 2019.
“On the very first day of the 100th Legislature, I joined with two of my mid-Michigan colleagues to introduce legislation to end the antiquated practice and ban child marriage in Michigan,” Anthony told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense