Current Ohio law requires brides to be at least 16 and grooms to be at least 18, but exceptions are made for younger, pregnant teens if they have parental consent and juvenile court approval. That effectively means there is no legal minimum age for marriage in Ohio.
The Daily News investigation found that between 2000 and 2015, 4,443 girls age 17 or younger were married, including 59 who were 15 or younger. In one case, a Gallia County judge allowed a 14-year-old pregnant girl to marry a 48-year-old man in 2002 — 15 years later, they are still married.
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In June, the Ohio House voted unanimously for a House Bill 511, which would raise the marriage age to 18 and allow 17-year-olds to marry under some conditions, including a 14-day waiting period and juvenile court consent.
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The bill is pending in the Senate where it is expected to receive hearings this fall.