Child Marriage in New York Now Officially a Thing of the Past – New York UP

A law passed during the New York legislative session that ended the practice of child marriage went into effect Thursday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill passed by both chambers of the legislature 30 days ago. New York had been one of only three states that allowed 14-year-olds to marry, the others being North Carolina and Alaska.

Between 2000 and 2010 in New York, 3,800 teens between the ages of 14 and 17 got married in New York under the state law passed in 1929. Some were as young as 14.

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