Bill advances to set a minimum age for marriage in Louisiana
A House committee advanced a bill on Tuesday that would set 16 as the minimum age for marriage in Louisiana. A Senate committee also supported stricter regulations for adoption background checks and lower adoption fees in some circumstances.
Louisiana currently does not have a legal minimum age for marriage. Minors need parental consent to get married, and if they are under 16 they need parental consent and the authorization from a juvenile court judge.