Chris Christie’s veto on the ban to end child marriage in New Jersey cannot be seen as anything but a nod of approval toward the Muslim practice of marrying young teens (or younger.)
Philly.com reports that
“from 1995 to 2015, more than 3,600 children New Jersey married, including 166 who were 15 or younger. The youngest was 13, according to state health records.”
Lawmakers crafted a bill to end this and it passed, only to be quashed by Chris Christie.
Christie said it would be hypocritical to end marriages before the age of 18 considering the age of consent for sex in New Jersey is 16.
He also said
“an exclusion without exceptions would violate the cultures and traditions of some communities in New Jersey based on religious traditions.”
The way the current law reads is that a girl under the age of 18 appears before a judge and he decides if the marriage will take place.
If a girl being forced to marry is honest with a judge, “she’s going to face really serious repercussions” from her parents, said Reiss, whose group helps women and girls escape forced marriages.
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