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Politics New York bans underage marriages, raises age of consent to 18

02:31  23 july  2021
02:31  23 july  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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In 2017, New York raised the age of consent from 14 to 17 with parental or judicial consent . "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 New York 's bill will fine anyone issuing a marriage license to an ineligible person and charge the issuer with a misdemeanor, according to the bill. The legislation takes effect 30 days after becoming law and will apply to licenses issued after that date and marriages that had not been completed prior to that date.

The legislation raises the age of consent from 14 to 18 , and amends the process to require parental and judicial consent for marriage involving 17- and 18 -year-olds, CBS New York reports. "This is a major step forward in our efforts to protect children and prevent forced marriages , and I am Twenty-seven states have no minimum age for marriage in state law, meaning children of any age could technically marry with court approval. New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who sponsored the legislation, said children have no escape from forced marriages because minors have limited access

New York banned underage marriages on Thursday, raising the age of consent to 18 years old.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed the bill into law, which eliminated the previous exception of allowing 17-year-olds to get married with the consent of parents and the courts.

"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.

"Children should be allowed to live their childhood and I thank the many legislators and advocates who worked diligently to advance this measure and further prevent forced marriages in this state," he added.

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Underage marriage is rare in New Jersey, but advocates said full prohibition is necessary to protect children from forced marriages . Similar legislation is under consideration in New York and Connecticut. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, raises the age of consent to marry to 18 and makes it illegal to marry before 17.

The marriage age in the United States is set by each state and territory, either by statute or the common law applies. An individual can marry in the United States as a right, without parental consent or other authorization, on reaching 18 years of age (and used to be 21 years of age before 1971)

The law takes effect in 30 days on August 21.

The previous exception allowing 17-years-old to get married was part of a law Cuomo signed in 2017. The 2017 law also raised the age of consent from 14 to 18 years old, Spectrum News 1 reported.

"Regardless of maturity level, minors lack sufficient legal rights and autonomy that they need to protect them if they enter a marriage contract before becoming adults," Democratic Senator Julia Salazar, who sponsored the bill, said.

"The vast majority of minors who enter a marriage are teenage girls, and getting married before adulthood often has devastating consequences for them. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this bill to finally prohibit child marriage without exceptions in New York, and commend the continued work of Unchained At Last in advocating to prohibit child marriage nationwide," Salazar added.

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