Underage Marriage Prevalence in Connecticut:
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 833 minors aged 15 to 17 in Connecticut are currently trapped in child marriages as of 2018, a startling rate or nearly 6 children per thousand. But, because this doesn’t include the thousands of survivors who have escaped child marriage, 833 is actually a significant underestimate of this widespread abuse. Read about America’s shameful child marriage statistics to learn more about this nationwide crisis.
The Statutes Which Enable Child Marriage in Connecticut:
Connecticut sets 16 as its lowest possible marital age. A minor can be married with the consent of just one parent or guardian. Although judicial approval is required, the child’s intended spouse doesn’t even have to attend the court hearing, and there is no mechanism to determine if the child actually consents to the marriage. This practice destroys the lives of countless young girls across the United States. Check out our State Statute Database to see the laws in your state.
We’re Making Progress to Reform Connecticut’s Underage Marriage Laws:
While Connecticut made progress in 2017 by raising its minimum marital age to 16, the state is currently considering a bill which would eliminate child marriage entirely. Introduced in January, 2019, by State Senator Matthew Lesser and nine other Representatives, the bill has stagnated for seventeen months in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. If Connecticut passes this bill, they will become the fifth state to completely ban underage marriage. Read more about the progress that we’re making and nationwide reform efforts.
Take Action Against Child Marriage in Connecticut:
We are currently in conversation with lawmakers to determine what actions you can take to ensure lifesaving child marriage reform is passed in Connecticut. Sign up for our Connecticut Action List to be notified immediately once we have actions available.