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Vermont bans the marriage of minors, effective July 1, 2023

Published Friday, Apr. 21st, 2023

Photo: John Holm / Unsplash

Vermont raises the minimum age to marry in the state to 18 years old



Yesterday, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed the “Act to Ban Child Marriage" into law, making it illegal for any child under the age of 18 years old to marry in the state, without exceptions. The act goes into effect on July 1, 2023. 


Beginning July 1, individuals must be at least 18 years old to get married in Vermont. There are no exceptions for emancipated minors, and adults who are 18 years old or older and under a guardianship must also obtain written permission from their guardian to marry.



Previously, children as young as 16 years old could marry in the state with the written consent of one of their parents or a legal guardian. 


Related: How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Married In Each State?


By raising the legal age to marry there, Vermont becomes one of only a few places in the country to fully ban the marriage of minors. This short list of states and territories includes Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 


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Lawmakers around the country will be discussing dozens of proposed changes to marriage laws in the coming days and weeks.


AMM works hard to keep our ministers informed of important changes to the marriage laws in their states and around the country, to ensure that they have the information they need to officiate weddings and serve their communities well. 


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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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