If children represent the future of our society, some are getting rushed into the process of interacting with adults in ways that are completely inappropriate for their age. Adults can marry them in Kentucky. And try as they might, the Kentucky legislature can’t seem to get this worked out. What’s wrong with these people?
A bill that would have banned adults from marrying children in Kentucky was struck down this week prompting outrage from politicians and activists alike.
Senate Bill 48, known as the “child bride” bill, was yanked from the agenda this week, just hours before a scheduled vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is the second time in only two weeks that lawmakers have protected the depraved act of adults taking children as their spouses.
That this conduct was allowed in the first place is a disgrace. That Kentucky can’t fix the problem piles negligence and indifference to the welfare of the children on top of that disgrace.
The author of the bill to end this sick practice is rightly outraged at the inability to move the legislation forward. And she is not alone.
“SO disappointed! My SB 48 (outlaw child marriage) won’t be called for a vote,” sponsor Julie Raque Adams, a Louisville Republican, said in a Tweet. “It is disgusting that lobbying organizations would embrace kids marrying adults. We see evidence of parents who are addicted, abusive, neglectful pushing their children into predatory arms. Appalling.”
Other people reacting to the bill were a little more outspoken in their response.
“This is legalized rape of children,” Eileen Recktenwald, the executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs said. “We cannot allow that to continue in Kentucky, and I cannot believe we are even debating this is the year 2018 in the United States.”
Exactly. Why is this even still a practice in Kentucky?
So what is the current law in Kentucky? Get ready. And don’t miss the point made in the last half of this excerpt:
As it stands, currently in Kentucky, teens under 18 can marry adults at ages 16 and 17 with the permission of their parents. However, according to the current law, it is up to a judge to decide if a child under the age of 16 can marry an adult—and the girl must be pregnant. For obvious reasons, critics of the current law claim that a pregnant 13, 14, or 15-year-old girl—impregnated by the adult they are to marry—is evidence of a sex crime as a child cannot consent to sex. But it is the law nonetheless.
Someone who was utterly indifferent to the care of children or who otherwise held some very perverted ideas wrote the law as it now stands.
As fouled up and disgusting as Kentucky is with regard to this issue, unfortunately, they are not alone.
As TFTP has previously reported, this problem is not isolated to Kentucky. Laws across America have legalized pedophilia with children as young as 10-years-old and no one appears to be stopping it.
Girls as young as ten are among more than 200,000 children wed to adults in the United States in just the past 15 years, as — despite minimum requirements that a person reach the age of 18, or legal adulthood, nationally — a smattering of locations have preserved loopholes legally permitting child marriage.
Alarmingly, the number of children married away to fully mature adults could be much higher than the already-startling number — ten states provide only fragmentary statistics or none at all.
This practice is something that has flown under the radar for far too long.
As Frontline noted in a special report,
“In 26 states, there’s no minimum marriage age, according to the Tahirih Justice Center. Children in those states can get married at any age if certain conditions are met.”
If anyone is not sickened by this obvious exploitation of children, such a person cannot be said to care for or be an advocate for our kids. Instead, supporters of the law as it stands in Kentucky, and apparently other states, are themselves an abomination.
Source: The Free Thought Project
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