Richmond i Virginia. En av de delstater som har till[tit barnäktenskap.
Att vissa delstater i USA tillåter barnäktenskap är något man skulle tro svenska politiker skulle protestera mot. Men så har inte skett, antagligen för att man inte skulle tro att det var sant ens om man hade sett bevisen.
Anjali Tsui skriver i brittiska Guardian: America’s child marriage crisis: Virginia law tackles continuing issue. A measure that took effect this month removes a so-called pregnancy exception in the state – but concerns remain across the US
Until this month, there was no minimum age requirement to get married in Virginia – if you could meet certain criteria.
Girls as young as 13 years old, and pregnant, were wed with a judge’s approval in recent years, according to records from the Virginia department of health. Almost 4,500 minors were married between 2004 and 2013. About 90% of those minors were girls who married adult men.
The state senator Jill Vogel pushed through a bill that went into effect this month to ban marriages by those younger than 18, after she learned of a man in his 50s who was dating a high school student.
Although the man had previously married and divorced another teenager, child protective services was powerless to intervene as the girl was not being harmed by a parent or legal guardian, she said. Vogel realized that marriage laws in Virginia failed to protect children from forced or coerced marriages, rendering minors vulnerable to sexual abuse.
Världens modernaste nation är i mångt och mycket en av dess minst moderna.
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