NYS becomes one of last states to raise age of marriage to 17

Jun 21, 2017

New York has raised the age of marriage to 17, replacing a law that allowed children as young as 14 to legally wed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure Tuesday. The law requires individuals 17 or 18 to get judicial and parental approval before marrying. 

New York had been one of only three states that allowed 14-year-olds to marry, the others being North Carolina and Alaska. 

Assemblymember Amy Paulin led the push to raise the age. The Westchester County Democrat says child brides are forced to give up economic and educational opportunities and are often the victims of violence. Cuomo said raising the marriage age is a "major step'' in protecting children and preventing forced marriages.

More than 3,800 minors were married in New York between 2000 and 2010.