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Florida One Step Closer To Banning Certain Minors From Marrying

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Florida is another step closer to joining 13 other states in making it illegal for certain minors to get married. 

Miami Democratic Representative Cynthia Stafford’s bill passed unanimously in the House Healthy Families Subcommittee Tuesday. The measure prohibits anyone age 15 and younger from getting married. Stafford says in the past couple of years, there have been several marriages that involve underage minors, including one with a 13-year-old groom.

“And, there’s a reason we don’t allow 13-year-olds to vote. We don’t allow them to drive. We don’t allow them to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes. We don’t allow them to serve in the military. There are even labor laws that protect them because they’re minors, they’re children, and that’s what this bill is about: protecting minors,” said Stafford.

The House measure has one more stop before a floor vote. Meanwhile, its Senate companion is also beginning to move in the committee process.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.