Friday, September 17, 2021

Huntington Beach voted to end child marriage

The city of Huntington Beach passed a resolution announcing its commitment to ending child marriage on September 7, making it the 11th Orange County city to ban the matter and call on the California legislature to pass it. .

Child marriage survivor Elizabeth Sitton, who was forced to marry a 28-year-old when she was just 16, said the move to Huntington Beach was great news.

“I’m very excited to see the city of Huntington Beach and other cities in California taking a stand against child marriage. As a survivor, after marrying against my will at the age of sixteen, I reflect on the horrors that I saw every adult turning a blind eye on the way to the altar,” Sitton told The Epoch Times via email.

“Now I see Dominoes falling in the way of Sacramento, where we will once again appeal to the governor to end child marriage in our state. Thank you for the support shown in all these efforts and running this mission. I have a deep appreciation for Global Hope 365.”

Minors are forced into forced marriages in US cities every year, with more than 200,000 minors married between 2000 and 2015, according to data from the City’s Agenda Report on Child Marriage. It states that most girls are married to adult men.

With no discussion on the issue of child marriage, considering the city’s position pending on the state and federal legislature as recommended by the Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, the city council passed a 6–0 vote, with Councilman Dan Kalmick absent.

Reasons for encouraging the ban included, the resolution stated, that the American Medical Association called for it to be abolished, noting that child marriages lead to early pregnancies, high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, intimate partner violence, as well as high Becomes the reason for. The divorce rate is around 70 to 80 percent.

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Additionally, minors who marry are more likely to stop their formal education prematurely, earn low wages and live in poverty, it said, adding that girls who marry early are 50 percent more likely to drop out of high school. more and four times less likely to occur. graduated from college.

Global Hope 365, an organization working to end child marriage globally, has said that there is a need to end the harmful effects of child marriage.

“Many states, including California, allow marriages under the age of 18 with parental and/or judicial consent. These exceptions, including parental and judicial consent, have allowed vulnerable children to marry in legal contracts that are their take away the right to sovereignty and make children vulnerable to abusive marriages,” the organization said on its website.

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Global Hope 365 said in a September 9 tweet that the city council’s decision was “another victory” for the purpose.

Drew Van Voorhees is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken many viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Huntington Beach voted to end child marriage
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