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  •  Take age limitations. (3+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, arlandbaee, MJB

    Different states have different laws surrounding the [lower] age at which persons may be married. But even if you are 14 and married in one state, and then move to a state where 18 is the earliest, the state with the higher age requirement has to accept that you are married because the state you were married in sanctioned it. Your marriage isn't invalidated because you are too young.

    And this was a common occurrence.

    •  By the same token (0+ / 0-)

      In the new state statuatory rape laws STILL apply, so even if they acknowledge the marriage, they can still prosecute for statuatory rape.

      Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

      by lostboyjim on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 09:01:01 PM PDT

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      •  nope - does not apply within recognized marriage (0+ / 0-)

        albeit usually because in many states traditionally a woman could not say no to her husband while living under the same roof

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 05:14:21 AM PDT

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    •  Great point. (0+ / 0-)

      Adding the fact that in many states, judicial consent can overrule the state's age of consent laws.

    •  The issue is not marriage, but recognition. (0+ / 0-)

      Whether or not age is related to the maturity required to assume and carry out obligations is questionable. Some people, apparently, never become mature enough to be responsible for their own welfare, never mind someone else's.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 03:48:08 AM PDT

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