Alaska bill seeks to bar marriage for kids 14-15 years old – The Hamilton Spectator

Child Marriage in West Virginia, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill in the Alaska House would repeal a provision of law that allows a court to grant permission for someone as young as 14 to marry.

House members on Wednesday adopted the repeal as an amendment to a bill dealing with witness requirements for marriage. A vote on the amended bill was pending; the House next meets on Friday. The measure, if it passes, would still have to go to the Senate.

The bill would leave in place another provision of law that allows for 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent.

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