In 6 states, a 21-year-old cannot marry a person under the age of 18 – Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada. In 1 state, Florida, a 20-year-old cannot marry someone under the age of 18. In 3 states, Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio, a 22-year-old cannot marry someone under the age of 18. In Indiana, this is also most often true, although a 21-year-old can marry a 17-year-old. „Texas girls will now have protection from the exploitation of their inherent vulnerabilities and a chance to fight to grow up naturally, go to prom, enjoy football games, just have fun, have character development experiences, mature, go to college, realize their potential, and when they`re ready, choose the man of their dreams and get married.“ Williams told the Texas Tribune on Thursday. If at least one of the spouses has not yet reached the general age of marriage, the marriage is considered a minor. Six states completely ban underage marriage: Delaware, New Jersey, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York. Other states may require the minor partner to obtain either parental consent, judicial authorization, or both, or to invoke „extraordinary circumstances.“ The minimum age of marriage for minors, when all extenuating circumstances are taken into account, is generally between 15 and 17 years, but may be lower in California and Massachusetts. Nine states do not allow a person over the age of 21 to marry a minor. In the past, 16- and 17-year-olds could marry with the permission of one parent, even if the other parent objected. If a judge agreed, consenting parents could marry children of any age. According to the Tahirih Justice Center, a gender-based violence advocacy group that helped draft Texas` new law, judges and law enforcement officials were not required to investigate whether the minor presented to marriage was being abused or coerced.
In Massachusetts, the general age of marriage is 18, but minors can be married with judicial approval. Unlike many other states, child marriage in Massachusetts does not automatically emancipate the minor or increase his or her legal rights beyond allowing the minor to consent to certain medical treatments.  (Above: Frankie Ortega`s mother was forced to marry when she was 14. Courtesy of Frankie Ortega) In Texas, a child — of any age — can marry as long as a judge approves it. And 16- and 17-year-olds can marry as long as they have their parents` consent. But all that changes on September 1, […] Yet most US states still allow child marriage in certain circumstances. In March, the Republican majority in the New Hampshire legislature voted against a bill that would have raised the legal age of marriage to 18. Currently, with parental and court approval, boys from the age of 14 and girls from the age of 13 can legally marry in the state.
Republicans have argued that banning child marriage would deter military personnel from receiving benefits for their underage partners and discriminate against babies of unmarried teenage girls. In Virginia, until the state banned child marriage last year, a pregnant minor could legally marry the person who made her pregnant and encourage rapists to avoid charges by convincing her victims` parents to let her marry. Republicans in Virginia opposed the bill on the grounds that pregnant minors would be more likely to opt for abortion if they could not marry a man. Delaware, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey do not allow underage marriage. Other states allow a minor to marry under the following circumstances: Abbott is going to great lengths to undermine services and protections for women and children in his state — it recently convened a special session to pass restrictions on abortion insurance and anti-transgender bathroom laws. On the day he signed the ban on child marriage, he also signed a law allowing child protection programs not to place children from LGBTQ or non-Christian families on religious grounds. But unlike his Republican counterparts in other states, Abbott has not argued that adults who get children pregnant should be allowed to marry them. On the issue of child marriage, on the inflated curve by which we have to measure today`s GOP, Abbott gets an A! Texas law allows people who have reached the age of majority (18) to marry without their parents` consent.
However, persons 14 years of age and older may marry with the consent of their parents or guardians. In these cases, consent must be given within 30 days of applying for a marriage certificate. The age of marriage in the United States is the age at which a person can marry in the United States as a right or with parental consent or other authorization. This age is determined by each state and territory, either by statute or by common law. In general, a person can marry after reaching the age of 18 in all states except Nebraska, where the general age of marriage is 19, and Mississippi, where the general age of marriage is 21.  The general age of marriage is generally the age of majority, although in Alabama the general age of marriage is 18, while the age of majority is 19. This law is a big problem for Texas, where the rate of child marriage is one of the highest in the country. According to a 2016 report by the Pew Research Center, nearly seven out of every 1,000 minors ages 15 to 17 were married in 2014, a rate only surpassed by West Virginia.
The national average is five per 1,000, and all other states in the country have a rate of less than six per 1,000. (Tahirih also pointed out that the Pew report may be underestimating the rates because it does not count children under 15 or minors between the ages of 15 and 17 who were married but are already divorced.) Between 2000 and 2014, nearly 40,000 minors were married in Texas, Tahirih said, citing statistics from the Texas State Department of Health Services. Most of these minors were children and adolescents, some as young as 12 years old, who married adult men. If at least one of the spouses has not yet reached the general age of marriage, the marriage is considered a minor and may require parental consent and/or judicial approval. Young people can also marry in „exceptional circumstances“. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and its inhabitants are U.S. citizens. In Puerto Rico, the general age of marriage is 21, as that is the age of majority. The general age of marriage in Puerto Rico is 21 or 18 with parental consent.  In Guam, the general age is 18, but 16-year-olds may marry with the consent of at least one parent or guardian.  In American Samoa, the age of marriage has been 18 for both sexes since September 2018. Previously, the age of marriage for women was 14.
 American Samoa does not allow marriages with minors.