New York is sixth state to ban child marriage
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week raising the age of consent to be married in the state to 18, banning all minors.
“This administration fought hard to successfully end child marriage in New York, and I’m proud to sign this legislation to strengthen our laws and further protect vulnerable children from exploitation,” Cuomo said in a news release Thursdayafter signing the legislation
“Children should be allowed to live their childhood,” he said.
Cuomo signed legislation in 2017 that raised the age of consent to marry from 14 to 18, but 17-year-olds could be married with “parental and judicial consent.
“[M]inors lack sufficient legal rights and autonomy that they need to protect them if they enter a marriage contract before becoming adults. The vast majority of minors who enter a marriage are teenage girls, and getting married before adulthood often has devastating consequences for them.” – #S3086 primary sponsor, New York State Senator Julia Salazar on why it was past time for #NewYork to #EndChildMarriage. USA TODAY. When will you #StopChildMarriages in your state? still legal in 44 states, and a defense against statutory rape in 28.
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