(Wyo)-State Lawmaker Wants To Ban Brides, Grooms Under 18
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming House Minority Whip Charles Pelkey is spearheading a proposed bill to ban anyone from getting married in the state before they're 18.
Current Wyoming law sets the legal age for marriage at 16 and allows a child even younger than that to get married if a parent or guardian and a judge agree.
Pelkey, a Laramie Democrat, says a person should be an adult before making the decision to marry, noting that there are many things people cannot do until they are 18 or 21. The law has not been updated since 1977.
In terms of pure numbers, brides and grooms under 18 is not a pressing issue in Wyoming. State statistics show only 68 marriage applications involving someone under 18 since the start of 2015.
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