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Jul5

Between 2004 and 2013, around 4,500 children under the age of 18 were married in Virginia. Of that 4,500, more than 200 were 15 or younger. Finally, last Friday, authorities introduced new legislation that updated rules that had, until then, made it entirely legal for girls aged 12 or 13 to be married so long as they had parental consent and were pregnant.

Jul5

Youtube prankster Coby Persin recently took to Times Square to photograph himself and his ‘wife’, who was 12 years old, in order to raise awareness of the long-standing legality of young marriage in Virginia. As a result, New Yorkers were stunned at the obscenity, and thus the state of Virginia has now passed a bill that update previous laws on marriage, which until now made it legally sound for girls aged 12 or 13 to be married, on the grounds of parental consent and of them being pregnant. The legal age has now been amended to 18.

Jul5

And shockingly, people were actually utilising the law. Figures show that between 2004 and 2013, 4,500 children under 18 were married, and of those 200 were younger than 15-years-old. 90% of those marrying underage were girls, and in most cases they married men age 21 or older.

Jul4

Between 2004 and 2013, around 4,500 children under the age of 18 got married in the state of Virginia. Of these girls, more than 200 of them were aged 15 or under. Last week, the authorities in the state introduced new legislation that updated rules that had until then made it legal for girls aged 12 or 13 to get married if they had parental consent and were pregnant. The changes - a move that campaigners said brought Virginia’s laws into the 21st Century - followed a long fight by activists who said the change was aimed at curbing forced marriage, human trafficking and statutory rape disguised as marriage.

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On Saturday, March 8th, the General Assembly adjourned its 2014 session Sine Die. We were able to accomplish a number of things, which are summarized in the Session Highlights published by the Division of Legislative Services and my most recent Op-Ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch. However, we adjourned without passing the most important bill deliberated this year: the Biennial Budget.

Check out the 4th installment of my General Assembly Update. In this issue, I discuss the Virginia budget. As introduced, the budget totaled $96 billion for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2014. This week, the House and Senate adopted their respective amendments to the Budget introduced by Governor Bob McDonnell.

In my 3rd General Assembly Update, I discuss major legislation addressed by the House in three areas: mental health, education, and ethics reform. I also provide an update on my bills.