On Point: It's Finally Illegal for a Grown Man to Marry a Child in Texas

The words child marriage conjure up thoughts of ancient times when daughters were given away to older men, but here in the U.S. loopholes in laws have allowed child marriage to continue into the present day. Until this week.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Thursday that would finally ban child marriage practices in the state. Texas law had allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with parental approval. Yes, you read that right, 16, children who are barely halfway through high school. Even more, Texas had the highest number of child marriages in the country with 40,000 children under 18 married between the years 2000 and 2014. But it happens in other states, too.Jacquielynn Floyd commended the end of these flimsy laws in a widely read piece this week focused on one young woman's tragic story that illustrates how legal loopholes can devastate a life:"The bridegroom was a 26-year-old ex-convict she barely knew. He had no job and no home, but he did have an extremely short fuse. Within a few weeks of their unromantic wedding, he punched her in the face during an argument."Floyd has plenty more to say about Texas' move to safeguard young women from these kinds of situations here.– Dom DiFurio  Continue reading...

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