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.
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.
More than 1,200 children married in Massachusetts between 2000-2016, putting their safety, health, education and futures at risk. MA lawmakers should end this human rights abuse. Support S.24/H1478 #EndChildMarriage @HRW @AbirajNesha https://t.co/gstlzdmYOS pic.twitter.com/79SfacyZAT— Agnieszka Bielecka (@bieleckaag) March 27, 2019
#DidYouKnow: There’s no minimum marriage age in #Massachusetts, but case law since 1854 has established a sexist double standard: Males must be at least 14 and females at least 12 to wed. We’re heading to Boston tomorrow to urge legislators to #endchildmarriage. #18NoExceptions. pic.twitter.com/rp0hKY7A1S— Unchained At Last (@UnchainedAtLast) March 25, 2019