Political leaders on both sides of the aisle are interested in changing Ohio’s marriage laws after reading a Dayton Daily News special report about children as young as 14 getting married with parental and judicial consent.
State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, said he’ll soon meet with Republicans and Democrats who expressed interest in reforming the law but exactly how the reforms might take shape remains to be seen. Lawmakers will want to study data and trends on child marriage in Ohio and across the nation, he said.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense