People in Vermont that want to get married have to be at least 18 starting in July, according to a new law signed on Thursday.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s signature officially made the Freedom and Unity State the eighth in the country to end child marriage.
Under current law, Vermonters aged 16 and 17 can get married, but only with the consent of one parent. The new law takes effect July 1.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense