Protesters wear wedding dresses to urge lawmakers to ban child marriage

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Several people gathered at the State House Wednesday morning to urge state legislators to pass a bill to ban child marriage in Massachusetts. 

Protestors gathered on the third floor House Chamber Balcony wearing wedding dresses and singing songs 

Currently, a bill that would ban underage marriage is making its way through the legislature for the second time. 

Lawmakers heard testimony from a Massachusetts woman Tuesday who was allowed to marry a 27-year-old man at the age of 15. 

Read More: State legislators looking to pass bill that would ban child marriages

Fortunately, the woman was able to get help through the Domestic Violence Woman’s Shelter but says the state did not do enough to protect her. On Tuesday she urged members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities to raise the age that young people can get married from 16 to 18. 

The bill currently has more than 80 co-sponsors. Lawmakers are hoping to get the bill approved this season. 

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