S 427 A 865

Bars persons under the age of 18 from marrying or entering into a civil union

NJEA supports A-865 (Munoz, Gusciora, Lagana, Lampitt, Mukherji, Sumter)/S- 427 (Pou, Weinberg, Cunningham), which would bar the issuance of marriage or civil union licenses to all persons under the age of 18, regardless of parental or judicial consent.  Under current law, marriage or civil union licenses may be issued to minors who are 16 or 17 years of age, if the minor’s parent or guardian consents.  For minors under the age of 16, a judge of the Superior Court must also consent to the marriage or civil union.

This legislation aims to address the problem of underage marriage.  Since 1995, over 3,000 people under 18 have gotten married in New Jersey, according to data from the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics.  Often these cases are forced marriages and involve young girls.

NJEA believes that the health and welfare of students must be assured and protected.  We strive to do everything we can to protect the human rights of our students, their families, and our members.

NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on S-427/A-865.

Text of bill S-427

Text of bill A-865

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