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Idaho Lawmakers Seek To Set Minimum Marriage Age At 16

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Idaho may soon increase the minimum age that a person can get married in our state.

Currently, children under the age of 16 can get married in Idaho with a judge's sign-off. Sixteen and 17-year-olds just need parental consent to get married underage. Critics say that allows young people to get taken advantage of, sometimes even abused. Idaho lawmakers are trying to change this law. But it's not the first time the legislature has tried to reform marriage code for minors.


Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) joins Idaho Matters to talk about trying to change the law last session, what she’s learned from the failure, and what she thinks about this year’s bill from her Republican colleagues. 


Note: We invited current bill sponsor Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) but she was unable to join us. 


Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.