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Age of puberty but still under 18

Often we call them Child brides.

Should a girl who has reached puberty be allowed to marry an older man based if she consents and says her religion allows it?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:51 AM on Apr. 6, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I think it should be just how it is now, if the parent consents then she can if she is under 18. But if the parent doesn't agree she should have to wait till she is 18. Even though I think anyone under 18 is way too young to be married anyway, but it should be left to the parent to decide.
    BlainesMommy09

    Answer by BlainesMommy09 at 11:55 AM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • In America? No. The age of consent is 18.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 AM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • It's still against the law here in the U.S. as the age when a child is considered mentally capable of making such a decision is still 18. Before then it is still considered statutory rape. Frankly I think the age to be considered a legal adult capable of such decisions should be raised to 21. Maybe then we wouldn't have so many dumb-frelling kids getting married fresh out of highschool and getting divorced less than 2 years later.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:58 AM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Each state decides when a child is old enough to consent, it is usually about 16 or 17. It is somewhat arbitrary, but it helps keep older men from taking advantage of very young girls. The way our society is set up, it is just best to conform to those standards even if the girl is as ready at 15 as she is at 16. It won't kill anybody to have to wait.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:00 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • though even if her parents say yes, what about a 16 y.o. getting married to a 40 y.o.?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:01 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • agree with blainesmommy

    And I disagree that age has anything to do with divorce. It's all about maturity and how selfish/selfless people are.
    brookebella

    Answer by brookebella at 12:01 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • I got married at 17. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. What's the hurry?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:02 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • though even if her parents say yes, what about a 16 y.o. getting married to a 40 y.o.?
    ____________________
    Then, there is something wrong with that parent.
    brookebella

    Answer by brookebella at 12:02 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Answered at 12:01 PM on Apr. 6, 2010 by: Anonymous
    though even if her parents say yes, what about a 16 y.o. getting married to a 40 y.o.?

    While it is kinda creepy, it is legal and in some cases works out well.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:07 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

  • Maturity and age often go hand in hand as the older a person is the more mature they tend to be (not in all cases but in most). Thus a couple who gets married a month after graduating high school are more likely to divorce than a couple that waits until later in their lives to marry. It's simply a matter of statistics.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:08 PM on Apr. 6, 2010

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