California age of consent dating
Nicole, who requested her last name be withheld for safety reasons, said she had been dating the man but was still in high school — and wasn’t ready to settle down.
But her grandmother, who was raising her, was extremely religious and pushed the two to get married.
Tasneem was 15 when her father, who belonged to a cult in Southern California, introduced her to a man 13 years her senior.
Activists for age restrictions estimate that California sees about 3,000 marriages per year that include a minor.
The ACLU and other opponents say that estimate is inflated, noting that just 44 petitions for juvenile marriage were filed in Los Angeles County — which has a population just above 10 million — over the past five years.
Hill wanted California to set a strict line at age 18, but the effort encountered swift opposition from fellow legislators, as well as groups that include the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
While SB273 is still alive and moving through legislative committees, amendments have removed any age restriction.
As the emotional fight unfolds in Sacramento, there’s no agreement even about a basic piece of information — how many minors get married each year in California.
People who want to limit such marriages say the total is in the thousands, while those who oppose the bill say that’s vastly inflated.
“Putting that label of husband and wife makes something disgusting and not OK seem normal and OK.” As a teenager, Tasneem dreamed of becoming a lawyer.
Instead, she became a mother, with two children by age 19.
As for her husband, “I think that for him he thought it was a way to protect himself from statutory-rape charges.” Her husband was killed two years later in a car accident, when she was pregnant with their first child. “When most kids were applying for college, I was applying for death benefits.” Nicole, who now studies computer science at a community college, said a law limiting marriage to 18 and older might have impacted her life profoundly.