New Bill Hopes to Raise Minimum Marriage Age in NC
A bill raising the minimum age for marriage in North Carolina continues to make its way through the state legislature. The bill, which was approved unanimously by the Senate last month, would raise the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16; would prevent a young person’s spouse from being no more than four years older; and would require either written parental consent or a judge’s order for 16 and 17-year-olds to marry. Currently there is no age limit gap between a couple and 14 and 15-year-olds can marry only if a pregnancy is involved and a judge authorizes the marriage. The bill must pass two additional House committees before coming to a vote. The legislation represents a compromise to the original bill, which sought to raise the minimum age to marry to 18 with no exceptions.