Delaware Poised to Become First State to Ban Child Marriage

Delaware is expected to become the first state in the nation to completely ban marriage for anyone under 18.

State Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a bill that would make it illegal for minors to get married, even if their parents approve, according to news outlets.

Gov. John Carney plans to sign the bill after his legal team reviews it, a spokesman said.

The bill, supporters say, is an important step to protect children from being forced to marry someone against their will, citing human trafficking.

Opponents raised concerns that the bill could have implications beyond forced marriages, citing religions that traditionally allow followers to marry young.

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