JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Legislation has been filed that would raise Missouri’s minimum age requirement for marriage with parental consent from 15 to 17 years old.
KSDK-TV reports incoming state Rep. Jean Evans is filing the legislation. A Missouri resident must be 18 to get married without their parents’ permission under current law.
Evans says she filed the bill to prevent child marriages that are used to disguise abusive situations and human trafficking.
The bill will be considered once the 2017 legislative session begins on Jan. 4.
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