Connecticut becomes the 25th state in the Union to ban child marriages

Connecticut becomes the 25th state in the Union to ban child marriages

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At least 20,000 girls under the age of 18 married with judicial consent in 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, according to a report released Wednesday by the Fairfield-based organization Save the Children. And a recent Frontline investigation found that between 2000 and 2014, more than 1,200 minors were married in Connecticut.

But no more.

In a move hailed by children’s rights advocates, the Connecticut legislature voted in June to ban child marriage before the age of 16. The new law took effect this month.

Previously, Connecticut children could get married at any age with the approval of a probate judge, a practice that’s still allowed in 25 states.

A growing number of states are raising the minimum age of marriage in the U.S. Since last month, Texas requires children under 18 to get a judge’s consent before marrying. In July, New York passed a law requiring both parties to be at least 17.

“I think that’s a positive trend,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We would like to see this as something that continues in the United States and globally.”

This article continues at [Connecticut Post] Too young to marry: Connecticut finally ends child marriage

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