Missouri advances Law to End Child Marriage

The current Missouri state law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to get married in Missouri as long as they have parental consent. The proposed law also bans marriage between a minor and anyone 21 or older.

A bipartisan bill to ban child marriage in Missouri won initial approval in the state Senate Wednesday afternoon.

Under current law, 16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to get married with parental consent. Marriage between a minor and anyone 21 or older is prohibited.

The legislation discussed Wednesday would prohibit issuing a marriage license to anyone younger than 18 under any circumstances.

Read more: https://www.newstribune.com/news/2024/apr/12/missouri-senate-gives-initial-approval-to/

Read more at: https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article286863850.html#storylink=cpy

 Republican Senator Holly Thompson Rehder, who was married when she was 15, is leading a state Senate bill that would ban child marriage.

More on Senator Rehder:

https://www.newsweek.com/republican-who-got-married-15-wants-ban-child-marriage-1877367

CHILD MARRIAGE IS LEGAL IN MOST US STATES

It is past time to end this human rights abuse!  Laws must be changed state by state.  Join us, act now by messaging your legislators with UNICEFUSA, and then join in your state’s coalition to end child marriage.  Act at: www.stopchildmarriages.org

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