New York Outlaws Child Marriage

by Admin on June 22, 2017

Children under 18 can no longer be married under new law

Gov. Cuomo by Diana Robinson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law raising the age an individual can marry from 14 to 18.

Previous law made it possible for people as young as 14 years to get married provided they received prior consent from their parents. The new law bans all marriages under 18 but 17 year olds will be allowed if they are given parental consent.

“This is a major step forward in our efforts to protect children and prevent forced marriages, and I am proud to sign this legislation that puts an end to child marriage in New York once and for all,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

According to Independent, more than 3,800 minors were married in New York between 2000 and 2010 and a whopping 167,000 minors were married across the United States in the same time period.

Studies show that victims of child marriage have little or no focus given to their education, are often victims of violence and most commonly will suffer from mental health disorders.

More than half the states in the U.S have no minimum age for marriage.

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