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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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Last week, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 46 days to address thousands of bills and amendments to the state budget. After 11 years in the House of Delegates, I took the oath of office to serve in the Virginia State Senate. I am humbled and tremendously honored to have been elected by the voters of the 9th Senate District to succeed Donald McEachin, who now serves in Congress.

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January 3, 2017

RICHMOND, VA- Today, U.S. Senator Mark Warner announced his support for Jennifer McClellan. Senator Warner released the following statement expressing his support for Delegate McClellan:

 Virginia’s economic future depends on its ability to adapt to change and to foster new and growing industries. Jennifer McClellan has worked to increase Virginia jobs and investment by sponsoring legislation that supports innovation and economic development, which jump-starts crowdfunding to help more entrepreneurs launch their new businesses.  As a Senator, Jennifer will continue pushing for strong pro-growth efforts to strengthen and grow Virginia's economy.

 “I am pleased to have the support of Senator Mark Warner for my bid for State Senate,” said McClellan. “I will continue working to ensure economic opportunity for all Virginians and help our economy adapt to changes in the marketplace.”

 The Special Election for the 9th Senate District will be held on January 10, 2017. Voters will vote at their regular polling locations. Polls will be open from 6am - 7pm.

Virginia’s Ninth State Senate District is a heavily Democratic area made up of part of the City of Richmond, parts of Henrico and Hanover Counties, and all of Charles City County.

The 9th  Senate District Legislative Nominating Committee (LNC) is pleased to announce that Delegate Jennifer McClellan will be the Democratic nominee for the 9th Senate District Special Election taking place on January 10, 2017.

 "It is a distinct honor to be named the Democratic nominee for the 9th State Senate District," said McClellan. "I humbly accept the nomination and am looking onward to the Special Election on January 10th." 

 

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