Spain raises minimum marriage age from 14 to 16 


July 23, Madrid: Lawmakers in Spain are putting the final touches to legislation to raise the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, to boost protection of minors and bring the country in line with its European Union neighbors.

The legislation came into effect from Thursday and follows recommendations from United Nations experts and child protection groups.

Previously, the Spanish law had allowed boys and girls to marry at 14 with permission from a judge. It was one of lowest minimum ages in the European Union, with most members setting it at 16.

Spain also recently raised the minimum age for consent to sexual relations from 13 to 16.

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