Raising the Legal Marriage Age in Massachusetts
As of right now, minors in Massachusetts are legally able to get married with judicial consent. It is one of the only states that has no age minimum to get married.
Unfortunately, 92% of child marriage petitions in the past 4 years have been approved by judges. This is a major cause for concern, as 85% of the children married were girls, often times to men much older than them. Believe it or not, 12 year old girls have been wed. On top of this, a large portion of these marriages occurred in either Springfield or Worcester, cities with large immigrant populations and lower economic standings. This is a problem that needs to be addressed, to end this form of child abuse that is taking place.
Jim Morrison's Boston Globe Article does a nice job of shedding some light on the issue, where he reports that State Representative Kay Khan has said that she would consider changing the legal marriage age in MA. In order to begin a discussion on this issue, I encourage you to sign your name in favor of raising the legal marriage age. The first step towards getting a bill passed is showing public concern for the issue. As a teenage girl, I cannot imagine having to forfeit my education in order to get married.
Please stand with me to protect the rights of children across the state of Massachusetts!
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