Illegal dating in alabama
If you leave home you're considered a runaway; if an advocate helps you they can be charged with kidnapping; if you make it to a shelter they may well try to reunite you with your parents." "In most states you're not even allowed to bring a legal action in your own name.
It's entirely too easy for a child to be forced into a marriage," she added.
Over that time, Texas has allowed more than 40,000 child marriages, highest in the country.
When viewing child marriages as a percentage of all marriages, Alabama drops to 10However, since the law in Alabama changed in 2003, through a bill sponsored by Rep.
By nearly all measurements, Alabama has more progressive laws than many other states, noted Fraidy Reiss, the founder of Unchained at Last, a New Jersey-based non-profit charity that supports women and children trying to leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages.
She said that marrying off a child before age that age is dangerous and a practice that needs to end.
Just over 8,600 of those child marriages took place in Alabama.
"I couldn't believe there was so much opposition to it," said former Alabama representative John Hilliard (D-Birmingham), who introduced the bill after discovering that children from neighboring states were coming into Alabama to get married.
A 14 year old girl married a 74 year old man, according to the Frontline data.
Alabama ranks as the 4th highest in the country for total child marriages since 2000.
"That's still a child," Hilliard pointed out when he spoke to
All 50 states currently allow children under the age of 18 to marry.