Child marriage and forced marriage

The Delaware Senate voted unanimously Thursday to become the first state in the U.S. to ban child marriage, no exceptions. Legislation prohibiting minors from marrying under any circumstance is headed to the governor’s desk where he is expected to sign it.

Right now Delaware is one of 25 states that allows a child of any age to get married. And while most state laws require that people must be at least 18, they allow for exceptions, like pregnancy or parent consent.

“We’re leaving girls with no protections,” said State Rep. Kim Williams, who sponsored the legislation. “I don’t want children to have to make a decision about marriage until they’re 18.”

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May 4, 2018

Delaware Expected To Be The First State To Ban Child Marriage Outright – NPR

The Delaware Senate voted unanimously Thursday to become the first state in the U.S. to ban child marriage, […]
May 1, 2018

Tennessee General Assembly passes ban on marriage for those under age 17 – Tennessean

A measure championed by Democrats that bans minors from marrying in Tennessee, later modified by Republicans, passed in the […]
April 23, 2018

Child Marriage Occurs in the US and Threatens the Wellbeing of Girls and Boys Nationwide, UCLA Researchers Report – Newswise

Newswise — Until now, there’s been inadequate information about whether child marriage is a substantial problem in the […]
April 18, 2018

European Parliament Committee Urges End to Child Marriage – Humans Rights Watch

The European Union could do more to help end child marriage, and members of the European Parliament are […]
March 28, 2018

Democratic bill banning child marriage killed, modified Republican measure advances

(Tennessean) – A measure Democrats have championed that would ban minors from marrying in Tennessee was killed in the state Senate […]
March 24, 2018

Child marriage ban, year-round Daylight Saving time signed into law

(Florida Politics) – A bill that would ban marriages for anyone under the age of 17 and legislation […]
March 22, 2018

Child marriage isn’t marriage and ‘nearly 18’ isn’t 18 years old

(The Hill) – Why have you abandoned the 17-year-old girls? I ask this to the many state legislators across […]
March 17, 2018

National campaign to end child marriages arrives in Louisiana; backers say state law must change

(The Acadiana Advocate) – Amanda Parker, senior director of the AHA Foundation, which is also dedicated to ending […]
March 9, 2018

Florida Moves to Ban Marriage Before the Age of 17

(FRONTLINE) – Florida has moved to tighten its laws on child marriage. On Friday, state lawmakers passed a […]
February 7, 2018

Florida: Child Marriage – Media Release

For Immediate Release Florida: Child Marriage Ban Hits a Bump Legislators Should Support Bill Setting Minimum Age at […]
January 15, 2018

New Hampshire HB 1739 Media Release

MEDIA ALERT: FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION & CHILD MARRIAGE EXPERT SPEAKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THIS WEEK AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW […]
January 9, 2018

Lawmaker seeks to up Alaska’s legal age of marriage to 18 – The Seattle Times

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker is seeking to change the state law that allows a person […]
January 9, 2018

India Rules Sex With a Child Bride Is Always Rape in a Massive Win for Girls’ Rights – Global Citizen

India’s top court has ruled that sex with a child is always rape, quashing a clause that allowed […]
January 6, 2018

‘The cases reported are just the tip of the iceberg’: the Syrian refugee girls facing child marriage in Turkey – iNews

Dalal Abdullah is just 13, but her mother has already had to fend off a string of requests […]
January 6, 2018

Irish project helping to end child marriage in Nepal – thejournal.ie

IN NEPAL 10% of girls are married before the age of 15 and 37% are married before the […]
January 6, 2018

Turkish child marriage religious document sparks anger – BBC News

Turkey’s main opposition party has called for a parliamentary inquiry after the directorate of religious affairs said that, […]
January 4, 2018

Rape, Underage Sex, Forced Marriage, Abuse. That’s the Plight of Too Many Afghan Girls – Newsweek

Sahar was only 10 years old when she was forced to marry an older man. Her father agreed […]
December 26, 2017

They escaped child marriage. Now they’re speaking out. – CNN

Eunice was just 9 years old when she was married off to a man older than her father. […]
December 21, 2017

Time we tighten up child marriage laws – St. Augustine Record

More often than not this time of year, The Record rails against silly or superfluous laws being teed-up by our […]
December 19, 2017

Child marriage is a criminal injustice – Daily Nation

Can there be such a thing as child marriage? Not for the African Union Goodwill Ambassador spearheading the […]