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NJ Gov. Christie Declined to Sign Bill Banning Child Marriage

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By    |   Monday, 15 May 2017 12:40 PM

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie declined to sign a bill into law that would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 to marry, the Independent reported Sunday.

If the bill had passed, it would have made New Jersey the first state in the nation to have such a ruling.

"An exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities in New Jersey based on religious traditions," Christie said in a statement on Thursday, though not mentioning what religions he was referencing.

Christie sent the bill back to the state legislature with proposed changes that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to wed. Opponents of the bill maintained under-18 military members should be able to marry, as well as pregnant teenagers to avoid out of wedlock births.

"I agree that protecting the well-being, dignity, and freedom of minors is vital, but the severe bar this bill creates is not necessary to address the concerns voiced by the bill's proponents and does not comport with the sensibilities and, in some cases, the religious customs, of the people of this State," Christie wrote, explaining his conditional veto, Politico reported on Thursday.

Underage marriage in the U.S. is extensive, according to Reuters, basing its information on states where data was available, with 170,000 children getting married in the decade 2000 to 2010. Most states in the U.S. require people to be 18 years old to marry, though many have loopholes that allow marriage for those younger.

The bill had widespread support among lawmakers and groups such as Unchained At Last. Republican State Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, the bill's main sponsor, told Reuters she was disappointed, but added, "It's not an absolute veto, which is good."

State lawmakers could rewrite the bill taking into account Christie's recommendations, thereby keeping alive the possibility it could still become law.

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