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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

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.

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.

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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In this issue:

  • The surprise Senate redistricting plan
  • The defeat of several measures that would have addressed election day lines
  • My 2013 legislation
  • My RTD Op-Ed: Don’t abandon transportation-funding plan that works
  • My interview on VCTA Cable Reports
  • My commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
  • The passage of of legislation to end workplace discrimination in the Senate
  • The election of Tracy Thorne-Begland to a judgeship, and
  • The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

In this issue:

  • My RTD Op-Ed: Virginia Can Live Without Uranium Mines
  • The Governor’s Transportation Funding Proposal
  • Legislative Black Caucus Agenda for 2013
  • Reproductive Rights Caucus Priorities for 2013

In this issue:

  • My Column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Watch the House of Delegates Live
  • Previewing the 2013 General Assembly Session
  • Move Virginia Forward Not Back
  • Governor Introduces Budget Amendment

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