Should The Minimum Marriage Age be (at Least) 21? [POLL]
According to USmarriagelaws.com, 49 of the 50 United States have a minimum marriage age (without parental permission) of 18. (Nebraska holds out for 19.) But I’m beginning to wonder if that might be a little too young.
In a Huffington Post article, Jennifer Nagy makes the case for a minimum marriage age of 25. Although most of her arguments are based on her personal experiences, she does remind us of National Center for Health Statistics research that points out that 60 percent of marriages that start between the ages of 20-25 end in divorce (notably above the 50 percent or so divorce rate that takes into account all marriages).
When I was growing up, the minimum drinking age was 18. That has since been raised to 21 across the U.S., so maybe it’s time to increase the minimum marriage age to 21 as well.
If you think the minimum marriage age should be higher than 21, take a moment and note in a comment what age you’d recommend and why.