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US Delaware becomes first state to fully ban child marriage

15:11  11 may  2018
15:11  11 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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— Delaware has made history as the first state in the nation to ban child marriage under all circumstances. Democratic Gov. John Carney signed a bill last week making it illegal for anyone younger than 18 years old to get married , even with parental consent.

– Delaware has become the first state in the nation to completely ban marriage for anyone under 18. Democratic Gov. John Carney on Wednesday signed into law the measure that makes it illegal for minors to get married , even if their parents approve.

DOVER, Del. — Delaware has become the first state in the nation to completely ban marriage for anyone under 18.

Democratic Gov. John Carney on Wednesday signed into law the measure that makes it illegal for minors to get married, even if their parents approve. Previously, anyone could get married in the state at any age with a judge's approval.

Supporters say the bill is an important step to protect children from being forced to marry someone against their will, citing human trafficking.

Opponents raised concerns that the law could have implications beyond forced marriages, citing religions that traditionally allow followers to marry young.

State health records show 200 minors in Delaware were married between 2000 and 2011. Nearly all of them were girls.

Missouri lawmakers vote to outlaw marriage at 15 .
Married into years of misery as a 15-year-old child bride, Ashley Duncan of Steele, Mo., couldn't be happier - although activists against child marriage remain far less so. "I think that's like one of the greatest things that can happen," Duncan, 24, said to the news that Missouri lawmakers Friday passed a bill Friday to set the state's minimum marriage age at 16, with the approval of one parent or guardian. Marriages for anyone 15 or younger would be prohibited. The bill now awaits the governor's signature.

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