Zonta Club of Newport Harbor works to End Child Marriage in California.
Great PR mention and views of Zonta PSA to #EndChildMarriage in conjunction with a bill submitted in CA.
Brooke Staggs – Orange County Register and LA Daily News
“If you are younger than 18 in California you can’t get a tattoo, buy a Lottery ticket, or visit a tanning bed. But you can get married.
California is one of only 11 states that has no minimum age requirement for marriage.
With an OK from a parent and a judge, it’s estimated that a couple thousand minors get married in California each year — most often a younger girl wedding an older man. But weak data collection laws mean we don’t know exactly how many minors get married, or their ages, or the ages of their spouses. And activists who want to curb child marriage say that lack of data has helped sink previous efforts to ban the practice in California. With no hard numbers, opponents can simply insist it’s not a real problem. Read the full article…
Bill asks: How many children marry in California?
A practice that’s banned in Saudi Arabia is legal California. A proposal from Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris could be a step to changing that.