Child Marriage Law Changed In NY State

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Sen. Andrew Lanza sponsored a legislation bill that will change the legal age of marriage in the state of New York from 14-years-old to 17-years-old.

The new law is aimed at reducing human rights violations that can be the result of forced child marriages.

The old law allowed for children between the ages of 14 and 17 to legally marry with their parent's approval.

The new law, which passed unanimously, requires the consent of the parents as well as a judicial body.

Gov. Cuomo said; "It is shocking current law allows for children as young as 14 to be married off."

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