Pennsylvania Becomes 3rd State to Ban Child Marriage

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Governor Tom Wolfe of Pennsylvania signed a ban against marriage under the age of 18 last Friday. The age of marriage is 18 in most states, but earlier marriages may be approved by parents and guardians down to the age of 12. “Setting the minimum age to obtain a marriage license will help prevent child exploitation,” said Governor Wolf in a press release Friday. “Marriage is a sacred and serious commitment that should be undertaken with love by two adults, not by children being exploited by unscrupulous adults.” The majority of these child marriages are primarily between underage girls and adult men, with over 200,000 underage marriages occurring between 2000 and 2010

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