New Texas Law Bans Marriage for People Younger than 18


A law was passed last week that bans marriages for people younger than 18-years-old in Texas.

Texas governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law last Thursday. Before this law was signed,16 and 17-year-olds were able to marry with parental consent and a child, 14 and older, could get married with court approval.

Supporters say the law is meant to protect young people from being forced into a marriage or from being forced to perform sexual acts.

It does give exceptions for court ordered emancipated minors. 30 other states allow 16 and 17-year-olds to get married with parental consent. The law takes effect on September 1st.

 


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