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A little-known state law that allows kids as young as 14 to get married is about to be removed from the books.
In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level.
Some states base the penalty for violations on the age of the offender, with older offenders receiving harsher penalties.
Thus, instead of including force as a criminal element, theses crimes make it illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with anyone below a certain age, other than his spouse.
The age of consent varies by state, with most states, including Connecticut, setting it at age 16.
This is a strict liability crime and there is no need for the prosecutor to demonstrate any forcible compulsion on the part of the elder person.
A conviction for this charge - sometimes referred to as "statutory rape" - carries serious potential jail sentences and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
Current state law sets 18 as the minium marriage age, but younger people have wed with the blessing or urging of their families, although 14- and 15-year-olds require court approval as well. “It’s shocking current law allows for children as young as 14 to be married off,” he said.