NY will raise minimum legal age for marriage from 14 to 17

Staff Reports Posted 8 June 2017 at 2:38 pm

Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign a state law that overturns current legislation, allowing 14-year-olds to legally wed in New York.

The State Legislature voted this week to overturn the law, and increase the minimum age of marriage to 17.

New York is one of three states that allows children as young as 14 to marry with parental and judicial consent.

The bill would prohibit marriage for individuals under 17 years old, and children ages 17 to 18 would require court approval.

Cuomo issued this statement today after the Assembly voting to raise the age of marriage in New York:

“It’s shocking current law allows for children as young as 14 to be married off. This administration championed ending this intolerable practice and I commend the Assembly and the Senate for passing legislation that puts an end to child marriage in New York once and for all. This is a major step forward that will protect children, prevent forced marriages, and create a safer, more just, New York for all.”