A bill package to end child marriage in Michigan received a first House committee hearing Wednesday.
The legislation would close loopholes in current state law that allow parents to consent to their child’s marriage if the child is 16 or older. Kids under 16 can also marry if a judge also signs off.
Michele Hanash is the director of policy and women’s programs at the non-profit AHA Foundation. During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, she called child marriage in Michigan a “legal trap” for children.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense