Bill to Raise Age Limit for Marriage in Senate

A bill that would end marriages for anyone under the age of 18 has made its way to the South Carolina Senate.


A bill that would end marriages for anyone under the age of 18 has made its way to the South Carolina Senate. Two years ago the state set the minimum age to legally marry at 16-years-old. South Carolina Senator Brad Hutto believes the age should rise to 18 and a Senate subcommittee agreed with the change. Hutto says 16 and 17-year-olds are not adults and should not be allowed to get married. He added that between 2000 and 2018, 5,400 children were married. With just six days left in the session, the bill is unlikely to get through the Senate but it will remain in place when the 2022 session starts.