Tag : State Laws
Child Marriage in America: An Interim Solution Pending a Total Ban
Author: Raquel Wildes Genet
Publication: August 2019
This article provides legal and historical background on the state of laws allowing for child marriage in the United States, and goes on to examine the arguments for and against eliminating marriage under age 18 without exceptions. The author makes recommendations for policy changes, taking into account both protective measures and perceived political feasibility.
Criminal Laws Addressing Forced Marriage in the United States
Author: Tahirih Justice Center
Original Publication: July 2013
Updated: September 2022
This document provides an overview of state criminal codes that address forced marriage in the United States, including those of California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as Washington DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It also provides information on Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota’s laws addressing abduction for the purpose of marriage.