Tahirih Justice Center
Falling Through the Cracks: New Report on Child Marriage in America
Donna Pollard entered an Indiana mental health facility at the age of 14. Two years later, she was married to a 31-year-old man who had been one of her counselors at the facility.
Report: U.S. State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age
Tahirih Justice Center recently released a report outlining child marriage laws in each state across the country. The center found that 27 states have no legal minimum age for marriage, meaning that there is no “floor” beneath which a child cannot be married, as long as a court and/or a parent gives consent.
Too Young to Say ‘I Do’
This summer, Virginia lawmakers passed a law preventing anyone under the age of 16 from marrying in the state. Some would call this progress, but advocates fighting to end child marriage in the United States see it as a sobering reminder that adults can legally marry children in all 50 states.