Christie vetoed bill A3091 that was intended to protect children from religious perverts who use religious scriptures as excuse to marry little children. He cited “concerns for religious traditions” for the veto.
In a statement to the media, Christie said;
“I agree that protecting the well-being, dignity, and freedom of minors is vital, but the severe bar this bill creates is not necessary to address the concerns voiced by the bill’s proponents and does not comport with the sensibilities and, in some cases, the religious customs, of the people of this State.”
Christie’s reasoning is kind of scary considering he is taking a side that says its okay for minors sometimes as young as 7 or 8 years old sometimes can be married off with or without their consent. This also appropriates pedophilia a vile sexual offence that cannot be described by words.
It is beyond anyone’s imagination why in 2017 this bill is being vetoed!!
Maybe there’s a hidden agenda to have no legal actions against people who rape children in the name of marriage.
The top sponsor of the measure was Republican Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, who said at a committee hearing last year that she introduced the bill after hearing “compelling” stories of minors forced into marriages for religious reasons.
Under current New Jersey law, children under 16 can be legally married with parental consent and approval from a sympathetic judge.
As for the legislation Christie vetoed, The New Jersey Law Journal reports: “The bill—sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, R-Union, and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer—passed both chambers of the Legislature with only token opposition.”
In a statement advocating for the legislation, state Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic) said:
Marriage is a legal contract and it should be reserved for adults It is startling for people to learn that there are many underage marriages happening here in New Jersey. As a state, we have a responsibility to protect our residents, and moral obligation to protect children and this bill takes the necessary steps to do that.
True Jersey notes that opponents of the ban on child marriage worry that pregnant teenagers would be prevented from getting married and their child would be “born out of wedlock.”
Reuters reports that child marriage in the U.S. is not as uncommon as many Americans would like to believe. According to research, almost 250,000 children, the vast majority of them girls, were married in the United States between 2000 and 2010.