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This article was originally published in Dayton Daily News on April 08, 2019. You can access the original article here: https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/new-state-law-prevents-marriage-younger-than/516XTPS7FGz0FR5yNWrhhI/.

Ohio passed a law raising the minimum marriage age to 18, with an exception for 17-year-olds. Dayton Daily News quotes Tahirih Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy Jeanne Smoot:

“With the new law’s safeguards in place against forced marriages and other serious risks of marrying young, we hope it will make a significant difference in Ohio, improving protections for vulnerable girls and giving them a fighting chance at a safe and healthy future.”

Read the full article here.