NEIU Students Fighting to End Child Marriage in the U.S.
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Child marriage in the U.S. is not a topic that is typically spoken about. In many cases we find that this topic is easily ignored because we assume that because the minimum marriage age in most US states is 18 we do not see child marriages making the news as a major problem. This global problem, wether that be child marriage or forced marriage, can disproportionately affect girls and women. The website, Unchained At Last, goes into detail on the two major exceptions in every state that lead to child marriages. Parental consent, being one of them, relies on the parent consenting to there child, whom is below the age of 18, to marry. “State laws do not call for anyone to ask the children whether they are being pressured into marriage. Even when a girl sobs openly while her parents sign the application and force her into marriage, the clerk has no authority to intervene.” (unchainedatlast,org) The second exception is Judaical approval. “Judicial approval lowers the marriage age below 16, and many states do not specify a minimum age below which a judge may not approve a child marriage.” (unchainedatlast,org) Unchained At Last, explained that this exception can allow judges to easily approve marriages for couples whose ages or age differences should trigger a statutory-rape charge, not a marriage license. (unchainedatlast.org) We want to fight to get a law in place to end child marriage in the U.S. Please sign our petition to help put an end to this.
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