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This article was originally published in The Journal Gazette on January 28, 2020. You can access the original article here: https://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20200128/panel-oks-proposal-to-increase-age-to-wed.

Indiana passed a law raising the minimum marriage age to 18, with an expectation for 17-year olds under special circumstances. The Journal Gazette quotes Tahirih Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Jeanne Smoot:

The reason so many states are responding so quickly is not just the threat of forced marriage but the severe harm that can befall women who simply marry too young…This is to make sure she is making a decision of her own free will and is able to leave if there is abuse.

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