Child Marriage

Regional News • Americas • United States
Pennsylvania becomes third US state to outlaw underage marriage

Previously children under 16 years could marry with court approval and children between the ages 16 and 18 could do so with the consent of their parents. Under the new law, all marriages under the age of 18 are banned. Since 2014 over 2,300 children between age 15 and 17 were married in Pennsylvania, according to the organization Unchained that actively works towards ending underage and forced marriages.