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(INDIANAPOLIS) – Right now, it’s legal for 15-year-olds to get married in Indiana. A bill headed for Governor Holcomb would change that.
The bill raises the minimum age to get married to 16, and creates new guardrails for 16- and 17-year-olds. Those teenagers wouldn’t be able to marry anyone more than four years older than they are, and they’d have to persuade a judge they’re not being pressured into it.
Georgetown Representative Karen Engleman says pedophiles have exploited the lower age, using it as legal cover.