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Connecticut bill passes to help prevent child marriages; legal age raised to 16-years-old

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Connecticut bill passes to help prevent child marriages; legal age raised to 16-years-old Connecticut bill passes to help prevent child marriages; legal age raised to 16-years-old
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A Connecticut bill has passed to help prevent child marriages.

The bill cleared the House of Representatives Tuesday by a unanimous vote, successfully raising the legal age to marry to 16-years-old. The bill bans anyone from marrying under the age of 16. Sixteen and 17-year-olds are required to obtain parental consent and approval of the Probate Court.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

But one nonprofit founder says it's doing little to help.

Fraidy Reiss, founder of the nonprofit, "Unchained at Last," says the legislation still puts young people at risk of forced marriage.

Connecticut currently has no minimum age in which a child cannot marry. Children 15 and under can marry with judicial approval and parental consent.

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