Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznare
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Kansas Governor Calls for Minimum Marriage Age of 16

As part of her ongoing efforts to protect Kansas children from sexual abuse, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has called for a strict ban on marriages involving anyone younger than 16. Current law (K.S.A. 23-106) allows anyone under 18 to marry with parental or judicial consent and sets no minimum marriage age. Based on research conducted by, there are 37 states that put the minimum marriage age at 16, with varying requirements for marriage under that age. Eleven states do not allow anyone under the age of 16 to marry. Source. For additional information, click here (last visited October 22, 2005, reo).

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