Guatemala congress ups minimum age for girls to marry to 18 from 14; boys able to wed at 16

November 5, 2015 10:00 PM

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GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemala's congress has voted to raise the minimum legal age for girls to marry to 18 from 14.

The unicameral congress voted 87 to 15 to approve the change, which had been urged by children's rights groups. However, legislators inserted a clause saying 16-year-old girls can marry with a judge's authorization in some cases.

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