Beebe: Odds of Pedophiles Abusing Marriage Law Error "Slim"

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe said yesterday the odds are slim that pedophiles would pray on children by taking advantage of a legislative error in Arkansas' minimum marriage age.  But the governor says he still wants to guard against that happening.

Beebe is considering whether to call a special session to correct a law that mistakenly allows anyone under 18 to get married with parental consent.  He says there may be ways to correct the mistake without calling lawmakers back to the Capitol.

The marriage age law, which took effect July 31, was intended to establish 18 as the minimum age to marry but also allow pregnant minors to marry with parental consent.  An extraneous "not" in the bill, however, allows anyone who is not pregnant to marry at any age if the parent allows it.

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