Effort to raise N.H. marriage age to 16 clears another hurdle

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The minimum age for marriage in New Hampshire would be raised to 16 for both boys and girls under a bill passed by the House.

Under current law, girls can marry at 13 and boys at 14 with the permission of a judge. The House voted without debate Tuesday in favor of a bill that would prohibit marriage for anyone under age 16. Judges still could approve marriages for those ages 16 or 17.

That bill now goes to the Senate. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu praised the House for passing it and urged the Senate to do the same.

The House delayed voting on another bill banning marriage between two people if sexual relations between them would have been a criminal act if they were not married.