Bysiewicz Signs Legislation Raising Age of Marriage to 18

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz signs legislation prohibiting child marriage during a ceremony on June 23, 2023. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, who pushed for passage of the bill, signed it while the governor was away, and was flanked by supporters including state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest (D-West Hartford).

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

For the first time since becoming Connecticut’s lieutenant governor, Susan Bysiewicz signed legislation into law on Friday, prohibiting marriage before the age of 18, while she performed the duties of acting governor in Ned Lamont’s stead.

Bysiewicz signed the bill during a morning ceremony in her third floor office of the state Capitol building. The new law closes a loophole, which had previously allowed 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with the approval of their parents and a probate court. It makes Connecticut the eighth state to prohibit minors from getting married.

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