Child Marriage Is Sharply Curtailed by New York Legislature – The New York Times

For young teenagers, New York State is calling the wedding off.

The little-known law that for decades has allowed minors as young as 14 to wed will now be changed, abolishing marriage for 14- to 16-year-olds and allowing 17-year-olds to wed only with both judicial and parental consent.

On Thursday, the Democratic-controlled State Assembly voted unanimously to adopt the changes, after a vote Tuesday by the Republican-led Senate to raise the age to marry. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat who has called ending child marriage a priority, is expected to sign the measure into law.

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