Demand an End to Legal Child Brides

Target: Todd Richardson, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Missouri

Goal: Pass legislation to prevent any more underage marriages from taking place.

In Missouri, you are allowed to get married at the age of 15, with nothing more than a parent’s signature. Getting married any younger is still possible, but requires a judge’s signature as well. Missouri is also the number one state for child spouses to get married in, with some of the spouses travelling all the way from Oregon just to get hitched. At times, the couple’s age ranges can be drastic, with several cases of a 15 year old marrying someone over the age of 50.

85% of America’s underage spouses are girls. Many of those girls suffer from an extremely higher rate of psychiatric disorders and physical health problems, and are more likely to suffer from abuse, whether sexual or otherwise. Many of the underage brides become reliant on their older spouse or their parents, since they are not old enough to drive, work, vote, or even divorce. Missouri Rep. Jean Evans has proposed a bill that would severely limit child marriages and require anyone under 18 to receive permission from a parent and judge before getting married. Sign the petition below to demand an end to this perversion of marriage.


Dear Speaker Richardson,

You should feel no pride in the fact that your state is known for marrying off children without their permission. Child brides suffer some of the most horrific abuse ever reported, and your state sanctions these types of unions.

It is imperative that we help our young women get out of these toxic relationships and stop setting up a legal path for these relationships to exist in the first place. We demand an end to child brides and the legal pedophilia that exists in our legal system. I urge you to support Representative Evans’ bill limiting child marriages.


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  1. CONservative pedophile protectors are the ones who do not want to sign the bill.

  2. Morgan Murchison says:

    I am shocked and disgusted with such abominable practice.My so called parents intended forcing me into a marriage with a girl THEY were going to choose when I was 25 and it completely revolted me.THIS IS NOT WHAT AMERICA IS ABOUT or BRITAIN!neither in my case or the cases of these other victims.

  3. gabriela torres says:

    Can’t believe this is happening now in the USA – c’mon we are now living in the 21st century …

  4. gen lovyet says:

    can’t believe its legal to marry a child worldwide. illegalize child marriage worldwide. who ever marries a child goes to jail cause its criminal. its a violation of international childrens rights and parents rights.

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