Child Marriage Banned in Georgia
Between 2000 and 2015, 10,000 minors under the age of 18 in the state of Georgia were married, many to spouses much older than them. On May 6, 2019 the Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp signed a new law prohibiting marriage for those under 18 (except for legally emancipated 17 year olds marrying someone no more than four years their senior). Georgia joins 16 other states who have recently raised the minimum marriage age.
1. Contact the Governor of Georgia to thank him for signing this new law.
2. Consider donating to Tahirih Justice Center. This organization launched the national campaign to prevent child marriage which resulted in 17 states enacting laws to protect minors from forced marriage and other forms of exploitation and abuse.