Gov. Ducey signs bill creating minimum Arizona marriage age

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Data from Maricopa County's court system says that 570 minors were married over a roughly five-year time period and none were younger than 16. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Data from Maricopa County's court system says that 570 minors were married over a roughly five-year time period and none were younger than 16. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Arizona has become the latest state to prohibit some child marriages under a bill signed by Gov. Doug Ducey preventing anyone younger than 16 from getting hitched.

The measure signed Wednesday by the Republican governor also says 16- and 17-year-olds can only marry if their partner is no more than three years older and if they get their parents' permission.

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Similar laws were signed by governors in Kentucky and Florida earlier this year. About half of U.S. states have a minimum age for marriage.

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Data from Maricopa County's court system says that 570 minors were married over a roughly five-year time period and none were younger than 16.

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The bill was sponsored by Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita of Scottsdale. She says it's intended to prevent abuse and manipulation of minors.

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