Advocates push to outlaw child marriage in Michigan, citing sexual abuse concerns – Michigan Advance

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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