Brewer lawmaker revives effort to ban child marriage in Maine The legislation by Rep Kevin O'Connell is part of a broader push to eliminate child marriage in the United States, and elsewhere, to prevent the exploitation of minors, especially girls. By Randy Billings, Staff Writer A Brewer lawmaker is trying again to end child marriages in Maine. State law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to wed with parental consent, similar to state laws in about half of the country. But a bill proposed by Rep. Kevin O'Connell, a Democrat, would prohibit anyone under 18 from getting married, whether parents approve or . . .
JPus News Category: child marriages
Local Organization Joins National Coalition to End Child Marriage in the United States December 14, 2018, Fairfield, CT. The Fairfield-based Justice of the Peace Association (JPus) joined the national Coalition to End Child Marriage in the United States, which launched this week in recognition of Human Rights Day. In October 2018 JPus’ membership voted overwhelmingly by 95% to join the coalition. The Coalition to End Child Marriage brings together organizations and individuals working to end all marriages of children younger than 18 in the United States. Child marriage, which happens legally in 48 states including Connecticut, destroys girls’ health, education and economic opportunities, . . .