Whitmer Signs Bills Banning Child Marriages In Michigan

  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law three bills that effectively bans marriage of those under 18.
  • Previously, Michigan residents could get married as young as 16 with parental consent, and someone under 16 could with court approval.
  • HB 4295, sponsored by Rep. Alabas Farhat, D-Dearborn, prohibits secret child marriages, when a marriage record is sealed to the public by the courts.
  • While the bills experienced broad support across both parties, the votes were not unanimous. In the Michigan House of Representatives, for example, HB 4294 passed with a vote of 104-5. Rep. Angela Rigas, R-Caledonia, argued the bill is discriminatory against young families.
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