Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Ending Child Marriage in NY

The NYS Intelligence Center established a 24-hour call center where counties could report and receive assistance for potential disruptions, supported by secure communications channels that connected NY with resources from federal agencies and other states.

"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", Cuomo said.

Under a previous, almost 80-year-old state law, children as young as 14 were allowed to marry if they obtained permission from both their parents and the court.

The new law, signed by the governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, still allows for marriage at the age of 17 with parental and judicial permission.

The legislation raises the age of consent from 14 to 18, and amends the process to require parental and judicial consent for marriage between 17- and 18-year-olds.

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

Human Rights Watch has done extensive research on child marriage around the world, interviewing hundreds of married children in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

The law raised the age of consent for marriage to 18 years old in the state. They also suffer higher risk of mental and physical illness and are are 31 percent more likely to live in poverty when they are older.

Researchers have found significant associations between child marriage and mental and physical health disorders.

For although 18 is the minimum age for marriage in most of the United States, many states have legal loopholes allowing children to Wednesday. "The US, through its foreign aid programs, has been a leader in urging an end to child marriage in other regions, including Africa and Asia, but shockingly, virtually all US states still allow it". "It is a national shame that so many of these marriages are happening in the USA", she said.

  • Larry Hoffman