Delaware bans anyone under 18 from getting married

Governor John Carney approved the measure which took effect upon his signature.

David Madden
May 11, 2018 - 5:38 pm
Marriage / Bride and Groom
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DOVER, DE. (KYW Newsradio) -- Delaware is now the first state in the nation to put an outright ban on marriage for anyone under the age of 18. 
    
Governor John Carney approved the measure which took effect upon his signature. A proud moment for Newport State Rep Kim Williams, who fought to get the bill through the legislature.
    
"There was no protections to protect the child," Williams told KYW Newsradio. "So we thought it was extremely important to remove our exceptions and let a child, when they become an adult, just decide if they wanted to be married."
    
Every other state allows some exceptions for minors to wed adults, many with parental consent. But proponents of this change insist most child marriages are forced upon the children for one reason or another.
    
"We are hoping that this will give other states the courage and the knowledge to move forward and to join us," Williams added.
    
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a similar measure last year. A state Assembly committee this week approved an identical under 18 marital ban, and Governor Phil Murphy has suggested he supports it. 
    
Pennsylvania's legislature is considering the issue as well.