New Jersey could become the first state in the nation to ban anyone under the age of 18 from getting married. As it stands now, 16- and 17-year-olds can say “I do” with their parents’ permission.
But now, a state Senate committee has approved a bill that makes no exceptions for having to be at least 18 to tie the knot. The bill already passed the state assembly and now heads to the full senate.
For the record, some 35-hundred minors – some as young as 13 – got married in New Jersey between 1995 to 2012.