Teen Marriages Targeted

Virginia lawmakers have voted to raise the marriage age to 18, pending action by Governor Glenn Youngkin. If signed into law, Virginia would join just 11 other states in prohibiting minors from getting married, a move advocated by organizations like Unchained at Last. Brigitte Combs, who married at 15 and shared her story with legislators, emphasized the importance of protecting vulnerable young individuals. Opposition stems from varied viewpoints, including concerns about teen pregnancy and individual liberties. Advocates hope the legislation will provide greater protections for minors and combat issues related to forced marriage.