Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko introduced legislation to update Ohio’s antiquated child marriage law.
The bill would increase the minimum age for marriage to 18 for both boys and girls, while allowing Ohioans to marry at 16 and 17 with judicial and parental consent.
The bill would prohibit any marriages for individuals under 16 years of age.
“Ohio’s child marriage law is antiquated and out of step with 21st century values,” said Senator Yuko. “I am introducing this bill to make sure our laws protect children and teenagers. In most cases, underage marriages have a devastating impact on a child’s future, with girls typically suffering the most.”