Push to Restrict Underage Marriage in Maryland Would Affect Small Percentage of Unions
By Marina di Marzo
State lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it harder for minors to get married. The bill would require 15, 16 or 17-year-olds to get permission from their parents to marry -- or be pregnent or have previously given birth to a child.

A Capital News Service analysis of state marriage data found that the legislation would apply to very few people. In 2012, there were only 105 marriages where at least one person was under 18. In the vast majority of those marriages -- 101 -- the bride was under 18. (Though data is available for 2013 and 2014, we chose to analyze 2012 data because it was the last year in which the state broke down the age of marriage of men and women separately. That state stopped breaking out marriage data by gender and age after the legalization of same-sex marriage). Source: Maryland Vital Statistics Report.