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Outlawing Child Marriages

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How old should someone be to get married? Well, in Florida a lawmaker has proposed a new bill that would make it illegal for youths under the age of 16 to marry. Yes you read that correctly…

Under the current law, minors are allowed to get married if they get permission from their parents and approval from the court, if the couple are expecting or already have a baby. Also, a minor can get married if both parents are dead or if the minor has previously been married. What? Previously been married? You have to be kidding me…

But wait, it gets worse. In 2012 there was a 13-year-old groom in Florida. That kid was still going through puberty mind you, but he made a baby, so naturally he became a husband. Unbelievable case, I know.

When you're a teenager you still don't know who you are. It takes years to find your identity. How is it responsible to allow children to make such a huge mistake? You can't drive, drink or vote under 16, so why should you be allowed to get married? What parent even wants that for their kids? Even if their kids are "expecting", why allow them to take things a step further and ruin their lives?

I haven't looked at studies, but I think it would be safe to say the divorce rate would be ridiculously high. Under the Cynthia Stafford's (D-Miami) proposal, which was passed by the committee unanimously, there would be no more marriages for children under the age of 16. Florida records show that last year, there were 110 marriages of children 16 and younger.

States that ban marriage for anyone younger than 16 under all circumstances include: Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and Wisconsin.

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