Bill Text: NH HB378 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Raising the minimum age for marriage.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-4)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-19 - Lay on Table (Rep. Porter): Motion Adopted Regular Calendar 251-99 03/19/2019 House Journal 10 P. 53 [HB378 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-HB378-Introduced.html

HB 378 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0281

05/06

 

HOUSE BILL 378

 

AN ACT raising the minimum age for marriage.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Levesque, Straf. 4; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Desilets, Rock. 7; Rep. Hoelzel, Rock. 3; Rep. Steven Smith, Sull. 11; Rep. Walz, Merr. 23; Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19; Rep. Mulligan, Graf. 12; Rep. M. Griffin, Rock. 7; Rep. Weber, Ches. 1; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13

 

COMMITTEE: Children and Family Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill raises the minimum age for marriage from 16 to 18 years of age.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0281

05/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT raising the minimum age for marriage.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Marriage; Age.  Amend RSA 457:4 to read as follows:

457:4 Marriageable.  No person below the age of [16] 18 years shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage, and all marriages contracted by such persons shall be null and void.

2  Prohibitions.  Amend RSA 457:8 to read as follows:

457:8  Prohibitions.  No town clerk shall issue any certificate for the marriage of any person below the age of consent, and no magistrate or minister of religion shall solemnize the marriage of any such person, if such clerk, magistrate or minister knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such person is below such age[, unless permission for such marriage has been given under this subdivision].  No magistrate or minister of religion shall solemnize any marriage by proxy.

3  Repeal.  The following are repealed:

I.  RSA 457:6, relative to a marriage petition by a party under age.

II.  RSA 457:7, relative to grounds for granting a marriage petition by a party under age.

III.  RSA 5-C:45, relative to the marriage license of a party under age.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.

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