Government backs call to raise legal age of marriage in England and Wales to 18
At the moment 16 and 17-year-olds can marry with their parents’ consent. But campaigners warn some teenagers are being coerced into marrying too young.
Now the government has said it backs moves to protect them from what the former chancellor Sajid Javid described as “child abuse”.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “The government supports raising the legal age for marriage to protect vulnerable children and will outline its next steps in due course.”