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Idaho High School Student Advocates For Stricter Child Marriage Laws

Girl, Awake
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In March, Governor Brad Little signed into law legislation setting 16 as the minimum age a person can get married in the state of Idaho.

Backers of this legislation said it was needed to prevent forced or coerced marriage of young girls. A similar bill failed in the house last year. That bill would have been more strict, requiring a judge to sign off on someone getting married at 16 or 17. The new legislation — which goes into affect July 1 — only requires parental consent. 

During the last legislative session, Idaho high school student Gracie Messier reached out to state Rep. Melissa Wintrow (D-Boise) to find out more about this legislation. 


And now Messier is making a statement in a big way about child marriage in Idaho. Messier and representative Wintrow join Idaho Matters to talk more about this billboard campaign from the advocacy group Girl, Awake! 

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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.