Assembly passes ban on child marriage in Nevada

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill (AB139) that would ban child marriages in Nevada has inched one step closer to becoming law.

The legislation passed the Assembly on Tuesday in a 32-8 vote. Current state law allows children between 16 and 18 years old to marry if they receive the approval of either parent or a legal guardian.

Children under 16 years old can also marry in Nevada under current state law. Statute stipulates that those marriages can be approved by a district court "in extraordinary circumstances" and if the child receives consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Bill sponsor Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod says a child often sees lifelong negative consequences when they marry under 18 years old. She says child marriage can lead to family instability, domestic abuse and mental health needs.

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