State lawmakers are proposing a plan to end child marriages Minnesota. Currently, the marriage age is 18, but a loophole exists allowing children 16 and 17 to marry with parental consent and judicial approval. Fraidy Reese fled her own forced marriage and says there are many dangers to marrying as a minor…

“Because the age 18 is the age of adulthood here in Minnesota, before you are an adult you face overwhelming legal and practical barriers if you try to leave home to escape from parents who are planning an unwanted or to escape from an abusive spouse.”

A bill banning child marriages passed in the House last year, but did not get a hearing in the Senate. The bill’s Senate author, Sandy Pappas, says she’s been assured by leaders that the bill will be heard in the Senate this session.