Credit is due to State Representative Kim Williams for standing strong and resisting efforts to weaken her bill, HB337, that bans marriage for those below the age of 18. Some Republicans in the House expressed concerns that prior marriages would be annulled if they were entered into when one partner was under 18, and still others endorsed under 18 marriage if there were pregnancies or military enlistments involved.
Yet the Senate passed the bill unanimously, 21-0, and the chamber even broke into applause after the vote. Finally. Some common sense. It now goes to Governor Carney’s desk, and he has said he will sign it after a review by counsel.
LOL, look at the foolish Republicans who voted no or did not vote below. This vote will be ad material for years.
HB337 – Banning Child Marriage
STATUS – On House Ready List
HISTORY – Released from House Health & Human Development Committee on 4.18.18
SPONSORS: K.Williams, Delcollo, Townsend, Hudson
YES VOTES – B.Short, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Carson, Heffernan, J.Johnson, Jaques, K.Williams, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Lynn, M.Smith, Matthews, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Paradee, Potter, Q.Johnson, Viola, Bonini, Bushweller, Cloutier, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Henry, Hocker, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, Marshall, McBride, McDowell, Pettyjohn, Poore, Richardson, Simpson, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh
NO VOTES – Briggs King, Collins, D.Short, Hensley, Kenton, Miro, Outten, Postles, Smyk, Wilson, Yearick
ABSENT – Schwartzkopf
NOT VOTING – Brady, Hudson, Dukes, Gray, Spiegelman, Ramone
Photo from the House Democrats
This is excellent work. The kind of thing that helps change female lives for the better by preserving their opportunity to choose their own paths. Thank you, Representative Williams for fighting for our girls!