Legal age to marry in MN raised to 18

KAAL-TV
Created: August 01, 2020 11:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Beginning, August 1st, the legal age to marry in Minnesota is now 18 years old.  Before this law took effect on Saturday, 16 and 17-year-old children were allowed to get marriage licenses with the consent of a parent, guardian, or court.

Representative Nels Pierson, (R) Rochester, says it's a bill that received bipartisan support, "It's something that is going in within the concepts of child trafficking or people who are being manipulated or forced into these types of relationships."

The law does not allow the state to recognize a marriage involving a minor in another state, or foreign jurisdiction, of one of the parties was a Minnesota resident at the time of the marriage. But the law states that it will recognize marriages involving two minors if both parties were not residents of the state at the time of the marriage.

Nels also added this will give legal protection to minors who might be forced into marriages at a young age, "At this time in our culture, we certainly recognize that any adult that's marrying someone under the age of 18 is concerning and that's it's prohibited."

The law was sponsored by Rep. Kaohly Her (DFL) St. Paul and Sen. Sandra Pappas (DFL) St. Paul. 

According to statistics, 250,000 minors were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010.


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