➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway
US: Is It Legal For An Older Man To Court A Child Bride In The U.S.?
National Public Radio – November 15, 2017
Child marriage isn’t just a practice that victimizes girls in poor countries. As this blog has previously reported, it’s also long been an issue in the United States, involving girls from a wide range of backgrounds. Based on state marriage license data and other sources, advocacy groups and experts estimate that between 2000 and 2015 alone, well over 200,000 children – nearly all of them girls – were married. In nearly all cases the husband was an adult. A report released this summer by the Tahirih Justice Center sheds new light on how state laws are contributing to the problem.
Report: Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today’s America: http://www.tahirih.org/pubs/falling-through-the-cracks-how-laws-allow-child-marriage-to-happen-in-todays-america/