Senate committee says ‘I do’ to raising legal marriage age

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A bill that would raise the minimum age to get married in Utah received a favorable recommendation from Senate committee.

House Bill 234, which has already passed the Utah State House, received approval from the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee with a 6-2 vote on Thursday. 

The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Angela Romero, would repeal an exception in current Utah law that allows 15-year-olds to marry.

Under the current version of the bill, 16 or 17-year-olds could still marry with parental permission. The original version of the bill would have banned all underage marriages in Utah.

The current bill would not allow a minor to marry someone much older, however, under any circumstances. It would ban a judge from giving authorization for a minor to marry someone more than seven years older than they were, even with parental permission.

The bill will now go to the full Senate for debate. 

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