Child marriage banned in NY

Child marriage banned in NY”

Until this legislation was signed, children as young as 14-years-old could marry with parental permission and written consent provided by a judge.

More than 3,800 minors were married in New York State between 2000 and 2010, according to a press release from Gov. Cuomo's office.

"This administration has worked tirelessly to defend exploited and disadvantaged New Yorkers, provide minors with the rights and protections that they deserve, and ensure that women are empowered to have control over their own lives, and with this legislation, we continue to help protect those who can not protect themselves", Governor Cuomo said. Child advocates say numerous children were forced or coerced.

The law requires individuals 17 or 18 to get judicial and parental approval before marrying.

Cuomo says raising the marriage age is a "major step" in protecting children and preventing forced marriages.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation today to raise the age of consent from 14 to 18, ending child marriage in NY.

The new law came after the state of Virginia past year passed a law limiting child marriage as did the state of Texas last week.

"Child marriage is a dirty secret in the USA, and other states should follow New York's example by enacting laws to help end this harmful practice", said Heather Barr, senior women's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Minors who marry are more likely to drop out of school, become victims of domestic violence, live in poverty and suffer health problems.

The measure would also create a task force to study whether the state should enact a "buy American" policy when it comes to other materials such as concrete, cement and aluminum.

In more than half of the states in the US, child marriage is entirely legal because there is no minimum age limit on the books.

According to the Gallivan, at least 3,850 children between the ages of 14 and 18 were legally married between 2000 and 2010 in New York State and 84 percent of these marriages Wednesday a girl to an adult man.

Globally, 15 million girls are married each year before the age of 18, according to Girls Not Brides, a global partnership opposed to child marriage.

A survey published by the Tahirih Justice Center in 2011 said forced marriage existed in immigrant communities from 56 different countries and affects people of different faiths, including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

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