Concerned citizens in New York have grouped together in the fight to stop marriages between adults and children as young as 14 years old.
An old law that has been left ‘unknown’ since 1929 states that children can marry an adult as soon as they turn the young age of 14.
“I don’t think people even knew this,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said recently of New York’s marriage age requirement. “I think they are going to be shocked when they hear about the status of the law.” The New York Times reported.
Since 1929, New York has allowed children as young as 14 to marry; 14 and 15 year olds can do so with judicial and parental approval, and 16 and 17 year olds can marry with mere parental consent.
Marriages involving minors occur in New York far more than most would think: Between 2000 and 2010, nearly 3,900 minors were wed in the state.
State lawmakers in New York are now trying to put an end to so called child marriages, and have introduced similar bills to end marriage altogether , but when legislation to end child marriages was introduced, there was resistance from some liberal lawmakers who represent muslim communities.
New York’s PIX11 news reported that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced at a cabinet meeting Tuesday that Gov. Cuomo is advancing a plan to increase the minimum age to wed from 14 to 17. Children under 18 would require a judge’s approval.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, whose district in Brooklyn includes the mostly Hasidic neighborhood of Borough Park, said that he had not focused on the issue, but believed that the bill should allow 16 year olds to marry.
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