North Carolina lawmakers vote to raise minimum age for marriage from 14 -16

North Carolina lawmakers vote to raise minimum age for marriage from 14 -16



North Carolina lawmakers unanimously voted to raise the legal age of marriage in the state from 14 to 16, taking a step to further restrict child marriage but stopping short of outlawing it.


The legislation, passed by the state Senate on Tuesday afternoon, August 17, and by the House last week, bars children under the age of 16 from getting married and requires an age gap of four years or smaller between a 16- or 17-year-old and the person they marry.


The bill will now be sent to North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to sign.



Current law has no minimum age gap between the spouses, and children as young as 14 can get married if they become pregnant and if a judge allows it. Parental permission has otherwise been required beginning at 16.Latest Post
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