Friday, June 08, 2018

New Jersey Legislature Again Votes To Ban All Marriages For Those Under 18

Yesterday the New Jersey legislature gave final passage to S-427 (full text). The bill prohibits persons under age 18 from entering into a marriage or civil union.  The bill eliminates the provisions in current law that allow persons to marry with parental consent at age 16 or with judicial approval at a younger age.  New Jersey Law Journal says that it is unclear whether Gov. Phil Murray will sign the bill.  Last year then-Governor Christie vetoed a similar bill, saying that without some exceptions it would violate religiously-based customs of some communities. (See prior posting.)