I read today that, after a lot of public shaming, the bill is being reconsidered. I hope it passes.
This kind of attitude doesn't surprise me, though. I lived in Kentucky for about 11 years, and some of the bullshit those people believe is right and moral just confounds me. I'm so glad to be out of there.
There was an article in the Seattle paper about this. Just another example of religious "morality".
A few years ago a woman, Deepa Mehta, produced and directed several films, " Fire", "Earth" and "Water". It deals with the issue of child brides. It is a head shaking film and the end is a real shocker. Her film won lots of awards from the west but condemnatons and protests from her country, India.
I wished I could say this surprises me. But it does sicken me.
At least 207,468 minors married in the US between 2000 and 2015. Most were around 16. However:
"The youngest children to marry were three 10-year-old girls in Tennessee in 2001, who were married to men ages 24, 25 and 31, according to state data. The youngest groom was an 11-year-old boy, also in Tennessee, who married a 27-year-old woman in 2006.
Children as young as 12 were granted marriage licenses in Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Thirteen-year-olds were given the green light to marry in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington."
It's mostly girls who get married to adult men.
Child marriage is one of the worst aspects of Christianity. As I understand it it is only practiced by some sects but it really victimizes young women. Women ought to have the same right to grow up and determine what they really want out of life as men do. They should not be sold into marriage by their parents before they really know what they want.