New Jersey Could Soon Outlaw Marriage For Anyone Under 18

By Matt Arco

New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to outlaw marriage for anyone under the age of 18.

A measure some have called the “ban child bride” bill is back and will likely face little resistance from lawmakers as it makes it way through the legislative process. That’s because they passed a similar bill last year with overwhelming bipartisan support.

It was stopped in its tracks last year by former Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed it, saying it was too restrictive and could infringe on religious and cultural traditions.

But New Jersey has a new governor and one the bill’s sponsors expressed confidence Gov. Phil Murphy will sign it into law.

Nj State Capitol“I know Gov. Murphy would be supportive of this bill,” state Sen. Nellie Pou, D-Passaic, said on Thursday. “I think it’s good New Jersey is leading the way.”

Source: NJ Advance Media

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