New York is sixth state to ban child marriage

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week raising the minimum age to be married in the state to 18, banning minors.

7/26/2021 4:58:00 AM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week raising the age of consent to be married in the state to 18, banning all minors.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week raising the minimum age to be married in the state to 18, banning minors.

New York is the sixth state in the country to ban marriages involving a minor.Rhode Island Gov. Daniel McKee signed legislation last monthbarring marriages by anyone under 18.Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania all ban minors from marrying.

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Nearly 300,000 individuals under 18 were legally married in the USA from 2000 to 2018, according to a study from Unchained at Last,an organization that advocates against forced and child marriage, that Salazar cited Thursday.Nearly all of the minors in the study were 16 or 17, though some were as young as 10. Most of the children were married to adult men an average of four years older.

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