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Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The 1974 Marriage Law establishes the legal age of marriage as 16 for women and 19 for men" (para 152). "The legal distinction between a woman and a girl was not clear. The law sets the minimum marriageable age at 16 for a woman (19 for a man), but the Child Protection Law states that persons under age 18 are children. A girl who marries has adult legal status" (para 165)
Oct. 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Child marriage is banned under Pakistani law. Girls may legally marry at 16, while boys must wait until they are 18" (para. 15).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with appreciation that the State party raised the minimum age for marriage to 18 years for girls, but, it is concerned that the practice of marriage below that age still persists in Roma communities" (Pg 16).
Oct. 5, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage could rise to 18 to help protect those forced into abusive relationships, a minister suggested" (para 1). "Asked if the government would review current legislation allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent, she said: ‘I will certainly bring that point back because (it) is absolutely right to be concerned about it’" (para 4). "The issue was also debated in the Commons where a private member’s bill to raise the legal marriage age to 18 was successfully introduced... the bill will progress to a second reading" (para 6-7).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage for male and female citizens is 21, although with parental consent boys may marry as young as age 18 and girls as young as age 16" (para 116)
Sept. 26, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Some of its legislative actions, especially the Sindh Child Marriage Restraints Act of 2013, which penalises marriage of both males and females below the age of 18 years, have gone to the extent of challenging the ideological framework of the Council of Islamic Ideology — a constitutional body mandated to provide legal advice to the government on conformity level of the country’s laws with the spirit of the Holy Quran and Sunnah" (para 1). "Within the sphere of women’s rights, the Sindh Assembly has enacted there major laws which include the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act of 2013, Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2013 and the Sindh Commission...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:49 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Under Ugandan law, child marriage is a crime" (para 13).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"According to the NCCE minimum age for marriage is 18 years for both sexes.18 It was 15 years for women and 18 years for men in the Ethiopian Civil Code of 1960. This was amended by Proclamation No. 2/1991 to 18 years of age for both sexes and the same age is maintained in the NCCE... There are three categories of exceptions to this rule. The first exception occurs if three cumulative factors are met. These are: if both the man and the woman attain the full age of 16; the woman is pregnant or gave birth to a child; and a doctor’s declaration about the woman’s pregnancy or birth...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Early and Forced Marriage: By law the minimum age of marriage is 15 with parental permission and 18 without" (para 261)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Personal Status Law, article 7, sets the age of marriage at 18 years for males and females" (Pg 40).
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law allows girls and boys under age 18 to marry if they have reached puberty, have parental consent, and the court finds no substantial reason to object to the union" (21).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"If a pregnancy is involved, there is no minimum age for marriage as long as a judge approves the marriage license, Florida law dictates" (para 10). "And now, in 2018, the bill to ban marriage for anyone less than 18 years of age passed the state's Senate unanimously" (para 13). "But the following day, an amendment was added by the House to allow minors aged 16 and older who are expecting a child to marry. Now both bills - the one with no exceptions and the one with an exception - will be debated in Florida's House" (para 15-16). "For now, Florida doesn't allow anyone under the age of 18...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is usually 18 for both boys and girls, but the law permits girls as young as 16 to marry under certain circumstances" (26).
Sept. 13, 2018, 7:46 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"Muslim girls under the minimum legal marriage age of 16 can wed with the consent of the Shariah court and their parents. Muslim men in Malaysia can marry four wives" (para. 3).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage for both men and women is 18, although religious entities may condone marriages at younger ages" (para 115)
Sept. 12, 2018, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Nordic country has a minimum age of 18, but allows 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent and permission from the county governor" (para. 2) "The law will ... ban Norwegians from marrying abroad if either party is under 18" (para.14).
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age of marriage is 16 years for minors living on their own" (13).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 years for girls and boys; with parental authorization, it is 16 through 18" (23).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for both boys and girls. A person between 16 and 18 years may apply to a judge or magistrate in a state or territory for an order authorizing marriage to a person who has attained 18 years, but the marriage of the minor still requires parental or guardian consent. Two persons younger than 18 years may not marry each other" (16).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The social worker said the authorities would have intervened immediately if they believed the marriage had been forced upon the girl, adding the youth protection workers intervene also immediately if the child is under 14" (8). "Girls in Germany are allowed by law to marry when they reach the age of 16" (para 10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"NGOs urged the government to abolish a six-month waiting period stipulated in the law for women, but not men, before re-marriage; eliminate different age minimums for marriage depending on sex; and allow married couples a choice of surnames" (15). "The law stipulates that to marry, the male partner must be age 18 or older and the female partner, 16 or older. A person under 20 may not marry without at least one parent’s approval" (16).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:06 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"NGOs urged the government to abolish a six-month waiting period stipulated in the law for women, but not men, before re-marriage; eliminate different age minimums for marriage depending on sex; and allow married couples a choice of surnames" (15). "The law stipulates that to marry, the male partner must be age 18 or older and the female partner, 16 or older. A person under 20 may not marry without at least one parent’s approval" (16).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 20 for both men and women, but persons ages 16-19 may marry with parental permission" (9).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage in the country is 18 for both women and men, although a 16-year-old child may marry with the consent of parents or guardians and permission from the county governor. The county governor may give permission only when there are 'special reasons for contracting a marriage'" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage for both sexes is 18; however, anyone below 21 must have parental consent. Under Muslim personal law, Muslim boys may marry at 15, and girls may marry when they reach puberty" (28).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"On the mainland the law provides that girls as young as 15 can marry with the consent of parents or guardians, although no consent is required for orphaned girls without guardians. The law sets the minimum age of marriage for boys at 18. The courts also have discretion to allow the marriages of 14-year-old girls in the case of pregnancy. Additionally, the law allows Muslim and Hindu girls to marry as young as 12 as long as the marriage is not consummated until the girl reaches age 15...Zanzibar has its own law on marriage, but it does not specifically address early marriage" (25).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage for both sexes is 17 years; however, anyone younger than 20 years requires parental consent. A court may grant permission to marry for those ages 15 to 16 years" (40).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Although the legal age for civil and Christian marriage is 18 for both men and women, the distinct laws and attitudes of the various religious denominations determine the minimum legal age for marriage. Under the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, the minimum legal age for marriage is 16 for men and 12 for women; under the Hindu Marriage Act, the minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for men and 14 for women; and the Orisa Marriage Act sets the minimum legal age for marriage at 18 for men and 16 for women" (15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage for both men and women is 18" (24).