Nevada Assembly Votes to Raise the Marriage Age

It was a bi-partisan vote in the state assembly to raise the marriage age. Currently 16 and 17 year olds can marry with parental approval, those under 16 can, with the approval of a parent and a judge. The bill raises the legal marriage age to 18, and was passed 32-8. Assemblywoman Shannon Billbray sponsored the bill, saying minors who marry are more likely to drop out of school, and face a higher risk of abuse. Four republicans and four democrats voted no, suggesting there needs to be some compromise for individual circumstances with some judicial review.