Special to The Colorado Sun. Of those, at least 30 involved one person age 15 or younger, according to a Colorado Sun review of state records. Eight of those were girls age 15 or younger who obtained marriage licenses with men who were at least 21; and six of those were boys age 15 or younger who obtained marriage licenses with women who were at least 21 years old.
Marriage before the age of 18 is a fundamental violation of human rights. While the practice is more common among girls than boys, it is a violation of rights regardless of sex. Although the impact on child grooms has not been extensively studied, marriage may similarly place boys in an adult role for which they are unprepared, and may place economic pressures on them and curtail their opportunities for further education or career advancement.
Both early teen marriage and dropping out of high school have historically been associated with a variety of negative outcomes, including higher poverty rates throughout life. Are these negative outcomes due to preexisting differences, or do they represent the causal effect of marriage and schooling choices? To better understand the true personal and societal consequences, in this article, I use an instrumental variables IV approach that takes advantage of variation in state laws regulating the age at which individuals are allowed to marry, drop out of school, and begin work.
In light of the announcement that Sarah Palin's year-old daughter Bristol is pregnant and intends to marry her year-old boyfriend Levi Johnston, the New York Times has taken a look at the declining popularity and success of teenage marriage. The median marrying age for women in the late s was about 19, according to David Popenoe, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University and an emeritus professor of sociology there. But a marriage between year-olds -- or even or year-olds -- then would not have been described as a "teenage marriage," he said. It was too routine to be given a special label.
In some countries, girls as young as 7 or 8 are forced by their families to marry much older men. The reasons girls are married are diverse, and parents sometimes believe that through marriage, they are protecting their daughters and increasing their economic opportunities. However, child marriage exposes girls to increased health problems and violence, denies them access to social networks and support systems, and perpetuates a cycle of poverty and gender inequality.
In Ancient Rome, people didn't marry because they were in love. Folks married to carry on the family bloodline and for economic or political reasons. Women were under the jurisdiction of their fathers, so young girls were often married off when they were between the ages of twelve and fourteen.
The world of marriage for young couples today is significantly different than it was a generation ago, when their parents were tying the knot and starting to have kids. Perhaps most significantly, fewer people today between the ages of 25 and 34 have ever been married, and those who do marry generally marry later in life than couples did in previous decades. Despite this decline in overall marriage numbers, there are still a significant number of young married couples and unmarried couples who have expressed a desire to marry.
Teen marriage is the union of two adolescentsranging in age from 13 to 21, who are joined in marriage. Studies have shown that teenage married couples are often less advantageous, may come from broken homes, may have little education, and work low status jobs in comparison with those that marry after adolescence. A majority of teen marriages suffer from complications, with many ending in divorce.
He would be the gentleman, she would be the lady, and with the backing of a strong family they would do what was expected of them. That would, of course, be consistent with the views of Ms. Palin, a mother of five children including one with Down syndrome who opposes abortion. But it is teenage marriage today, not teenage pregnancy, that is the rarity.