Marriage at 18 bill promoted

Lawmaker Lorelly Trejos continued to promote her marriage bill Tuesday. The measure would raise the legal age to marry from the current 15 or 16 to 18.

The lawmaker said in a meeting of the Comisión Permanente de Juventud, Niñez y Adolescencia that marriages under the age of 18 continue the cycle of violence, poverty and early pregnancies and cause young women to forgo their studies and expose themselves to diseases.

The bill cites a litany of international agreements that suggest that the marriage age should be 18. Costa Rica now permits marriage at 15 with parental consent or at 16 without consent.

Specifically the bill prohibits the Registro Civil from accepting marriage documents if either party is under 18.

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