Georgia lawmakers approve raising marriage age to 17

March 25, 2019 - Atlanta - Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones and Speaker David Ralston confer during a long day on March 25, 2019.   Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com
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March 25, 2019 - Atlanta - Speaker Pro-Tempore Jan Jones and Speaker David Ralston confer during a long day on March 25, 2019. Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

The Georgia House passed a bill Tuesday preventing couples from marrying until they're at least 17 years old, sending the proposal to Gov. Brian Kemp.

The House voted 155-14 to give final approval to House Bill 228, which raises the marriage age from 16 to 17.

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If signed into law, Georgia would join about a dozen other states that require children to be at least 17 years old before they can marry, even with parental consent.

The bill also prevents 17-year-olds from marrying partners more than four years older than them, and a judge would have to free them from parental control.