The New Hampshire House of Representatives is taking a beating for killing a bill that would have stopped girls as young as 13 and boys as young as 14 from getting married. The bill was killed, however, not because anyone thinks it’s a good idea for children this young to get married, but rather because it sought to set the age for marriage at 18, without any room for exceptions.
Rep. Jackie Cilley, D-Barrington, filed the bill on behalf of Dover High School senior Cassandra Levesque, 17, of Barrington, who researched the issue of child marriage for her Girl Scout gold award project and concluded marriage between young teens increases the risk of poverty and domestic violence and is more likely to end in divorce. Globally, child marriage has been used to hide the sexual trafficking of young women. Read more: