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Virginia Legislator Considers Raising Marriage Age to 18 to Combat Abuse

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Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 02:05 PM

Girls as young as 13 are tying the knot with much older men in Virginia — and a flabbergasted state legislator is working to enact a new law to stop it.

"Virginia's marriage law is really out of whack," Republican Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel — author of a bill to raise the age of consent to 18 — told The Washington Times.

While the bill would kick the age up to 18, children who are 16 and 17 could wed if they are emancipated.

Amazingly, some 4,500 marriages recorded in the Old Dominion from 2004 to 2013 involved a minor — with four brides being just 13, another 24 brides just 14, and over 170 only 15.

Vogel began her crusade after looking into the case of a 50-year-old man who was dating a 15-year-old. As the cops closed in, the man first took her over state lines, but then returned to Virginia and simply married her — making everything legal.

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Girls as young as 13 are tying the knot with much older men in Virginia - and a flabbergasted state legislator is working to enact a new law to stop it.
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