Missouri State Senator Mike Moon Reiterates Support for 12-year-old’s Right to Marry

“Do you know any kids who have been married at age 12? I do. And guess what? They’re still married,” Moon said in response to questioning by Democratic state Representative Peter Merideth.

During a floor debate on banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors, Missouri State Senator Mike Moon reiterated his support for children as young as 12 years old having the right to marry with parental permission.

A southwest Missouri Republican from Ash Grove, Moon’s support of child marriage in some instances has been long documented. In 2018 Missouri passed a law raising the marriage age in the state from 15 to 16 and requiring parental permission for older teenagers to marry. Moon opposed the bill at the time — citing the same anecdote of a couple he met in college who had married one another at age 12.

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