Rhode Island governor signs bill banning child marriage | #tinder | #pof | #match | #sextrafficking


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s governor on Monday signed into law a bill meant to ban child marriage in the state.

Democratic Gov. Daniel McKee said the legislation eliminates language in state law allowing youths under the age of 18 to obtain a marriage license with parental consent. He said it’s an effort to “protect children and prevent exploitation.”

Rhode Island law previously allowed 16-year-olds to marry with the permission of their parents or guardians, The Providence Journal reports. Younger children could also marry if the family court was notified and conducted a court hearing.



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