Ten year olds dating
“The most important reason we need to end marriage before 18 is because it can so easily be forced,” said Fraidy Reiss, the founder and executive director of Unchained at Last, a national organization campaigning to make 18 the minimum marital age in every state, with no exceptions.“It is evil to give children the so-called right to enter into this really serious contract before they have the right to safely navigate this contract, to say no to the contract, to be able to get out of the contract. “It’s like taking somebody, blindfolding her, taping up her mouth, tying her hands behind her back, tying her ankles together and then throwing her into the pool and saying, ‘We’re giving her the right to swim.’” Advocates are having some success.It didn’t matter how “infatuatedly in love” she was then with everything about Jeremie — his long chocolate hair, his bad-boy attitude, tongue stud and 28 tattoos.In Iowa, a 21-year-old having sex with a 15-year-old is statutory rape. So on a cold morning in March 2014, she piled into a car with her family and sped south for six hours and 400 miles from Little Rock, Iowa, near the Minnesota border, to get to the one state that possesses the most lenient law in the nation allowing 15-year-olds to wed: Missouri.Year over year, the number has gradually dwindled from 104 married in 1999 to just 16 in 2015.
“Fifteen-year-olds should be coloring in coloring books or something, not getting married,” said Pam Strawbridge, the Pemiscot County recorder of deeds in Missouri’s Bootheel.
Time ran out before the bill could make it to the Senate floor. Bill White, a Joplin Republican, pushed for a compromise to accommodate families who believe strongly that children should be born in wedlock.
He offers the example of, say, a 16-year-old pregnant girl who wants to marry her 17-year-old boyfriend.
But in February, it was that requirement that triggered robust debate on the House floor, with opponents arguing that the inclusion of a judge stripped parents of a fundamental right to determine what’s right for their own kids.
“This only takes (away) the parental rights of good law-abiding citizens,” Benton County Rep. The bill nonetheless passed the House on a 95 to 50 vote and was sent to the Senate.