Senate bill would ban marriage by minors – Florida Politics

As expected, legislation was filed Monday in the Florida Senate to ban minors from getting married.

The bill (SB 140) repeals language now in state law governing weddings of those under 18, replacing it with, “A license to marry may not be issued to any person under the age of 18.”

It was filed by Rules Chair Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican.

Republican Leader and future Senate President Wilton Simpson, who co-introduced the measure, had advocated such a measure after the story of a Tampa Bay-area woman who was “forced to marry her rapist at age 11,” according to 10 News in Sarasota/Tampa Bay.

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