Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bill Banning Child Marriage, Similar Legislation Passes in Minnesota Senate

Pennsylvania became the third state in the U.S. to ban child marriage as Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill Friday prohibiting issuing of a marriage license to any individual under the age of 18.

“Setting the minimum age to obtain a marriage license will help prevent child exploitation,” Governor Wolf said in a Friday press release. “Marriage is a sacred and serious commitment that should be undertaken with love by two adults, not by children being exploited by unscrupulous adults.”

Currently, the only other states with an outright ban on child marriage are Delaware and New Jersey.

Source: Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bill Banning Child Marriage, Similar Legislation Passes in Minnesota Senate