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Stop 13 year old girls from being married in NH

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Current New Hampshire law allows girls who are 13 or older and boys who are 14 and older to marry. It has been reported that 88 minors have been married in the last decade and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence reported to nhpr: 

“In 2013, we had a young girl – 13 years old – enter into a contract of marriage," said Lightfoot, whose organization supports the bill. "So it’s pretty mind blowing when you think about the fact that we can have kids entering into marriage, especially when we know that child marriage is often times forced.” (nhpr see link)

There are few things in this world we can control. But child marriage in our back yard is not one of them. I'm asking my friends, neighbors, and everyone in NH to stand up and say that they will not accept the actions of our state representatives who voted 179 to 168 indefinitely postpone the bill to raise the marrying age to 18.;  meaning it cannot be acted upon for two years. But if we demand action, I believe we can get this done NOW before one more 13 year old child is married.

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