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Between 2000 and 2014, 4,443 girls age 17 or younger were married in Ohio, including 59 who were 15 or younger. Also during that time, 301 boys age 17 or younger were married, including 25 to women who were age 21 or older.
A national study in 2012 found that American women who marry before their 18th birthday trail those who delay marriage in educational attainment, mental and physical health and financial security and 80 percent of the marriages did not last.
Unchained At Last, a national advocacy group seeking to end underage marriage, reported that marriage before 18 is legal in most states, though several are considering restrictions. Unchained At Last advocates for a total ban on marriage before 18.