Gov. Cooper Signs New Law Increasing the Age for Marriage in NC
Children under the age of 16 can no longer legally get married in North Carolina. Late last week, Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 35 into law. The bill outlaws the marriage of pregnant 14- and 15-year-olds and bans anyone age 16 or 17 from marrying someone who is four years older than they are. Supporters of the new law say North Carolina had become a hot spot for child trafficking and a marriage location for older adults outside of our state who wanted to wed a young teenager.