Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reason Magazine Chimes in.

In the online version of their magazine, under the Hit and Run section, Reason's Jacob Sullum observes;

"Notably, the report says seven of the 12 girls were 14 or 15 when they married, which means they would have been old enough under the law as it stood prior to 2005, when the state legislature raised the minimum marriage age to 16 with the avowed aim of making life in Texas difficult for the FLDS. Until then the minimum age for marriage with parental permission was 14. (The marriages in question took places between 2004 and 2006.) Still, assuming the allegations are true, FLDS members broke even the old law in a handful of cases."

They have written before on the subject, and it's worth a read.

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