On Monday, Democratic Governor of Rhode Island Daniel McKee signed a bill that prohibits child marriage in the state in an attempt to “protect children and prevent exploitation.”
The legislation “would repeal the provision of law granting minors the ability to obtain a marriage license, and would require a person to be of full legal age, at least eighteen (18) years of age to obtain a marriage license.”
As reported by The Associated Press, McKee said that the act gets rid of wording in the state law that permits young people under the age of 18 to get a marriage license if they have parental consent.
The state’s law previously permitted “marriages of teens as young as 16 years old, with the permission of their parents or guardians, and younger if certain actions are carried out with a family court, The Providence Journal reported.
The movement to get rid of the permission in the law was initiated by a New Jersey-based group called