A bill to require a minimum marriage age of 18 has stalled in the Legislature after several years of attempts.

Minors can still get married in WA, though some want that to change.

Washington is one of 43 states that allow children to get married, according to Unchained At Last, an organization that advocates against child marriage and forced marriage. It’s also one of a handful of states that don’t specify a minimum age for marriage.

House Bill 1455 seemed to gain momentum after it passed the Washington House 95-0 in early March. But it has languished in the Senate, where it didn’t meet a legislative deadline to get voted out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

The bill stalled as some states have recently taken action to make their marriage age laws stricter. Advocates say child marriage is condemned internationally as a human rights abuse and that it primarily impacts girls.

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