Current state law sets 18 as the minium marriage age, but younger people have wed with the blessing or urging of their families, although 14- and 15-year-olds require court approval as well. “It’s shocking current law allows for children as young as 14 to be married off,” he said.
Kluger called that “unacceptable and outmoded.” The new law would outlaw marriages of those under 17 entirely.
These laws are situational and are subject to interpretation.
Sexual relations which occur between adults and teenagers under 18 are left in a legal gray area: laws against corruption of minors as well as estupro laws can be applied to such acts, at the discretion of the prosecution.
The New York Penal Law Sections 130.25, 130.30 and 130.35, define statutory rape.