What’s Current: Child marriage no longer legal in Virginia

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In a social experiment, New Yorkers reacted with horror to a staged child marriage (Picture: Youtube/Coby Persin)

On Friday, legislation updating rules that had made it legal for girls as young as 12 to get married in Virginia (if they had parental consent and were pregnant) took effect. The law set the minimum marriage age at 18, or 16 if a child is emancipated by court order, taking parents and pregnancy out of the equation.

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Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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