John Carney

Delaware bill completely banning underage marriage advances

Democrats have pushed a bill banning marriage involving minors through Delaware's House of Representatives.

The Delaware State News reports that the bill was approved 23-11 on Thursday, over the objection of Republicans, who had asked the main sponsor to hold the bill so a compromise could be reached.

The bill that now goes to the Senate would completely ban marriages involving anyone under 18. State law currently allows minors who receive special dispensation from a Family Court judge to wed.

Republican Rep. Mike Ramone said the outright ban could affect "a lot of happy environments with families' blessings." Democratic Rep. Kim Williams refused to...