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This article was originally published in The New York Times on May 17, 2018. You can access the original article here: nyti.ms/2LpIwcV.

Delaware is the first state to ban marriage under the age of 18. The New York Times spoke to the Tahirih Justice Center’s Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Jeanne Smoot, about the momentum nationwide in addressing laws that allow child marriage to happen in the United States.

“States are realizing that so long as laws remain on their books that may actually facilitate the forced marriage of a child, they need to consider themselves accountable.’’ said Smoot.

 

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