The age of legal consent in England and Wales has risen from 16 to 18 by a new law passed in Parliament.
new law aims to tackle underage marriages and protect minors from shotgun
weddings or other forced marriages, religious leaders have protested
this new law.
16 and 17 year old couples could get married if the parents of both
parties consented to it, now parents of both parties who approve of
their children getting married before they're both are 18 can face 7
years in prison.
The government has announced that new PSA's will be made, aired, and
otherwise distributed to educate those not in the know about the new
there is a grandfather clause in the law, meaning previous marriages
of couples who were 16 and 17 at the time will not have their
marriage licenses revoked.
This now makes Northern Ireland the only devolved nation in the United Kingdom
where the age of consent is 16, religious divides between the
Catholics and Protestants have buckled any proposals to change the
marriage laws in Ulster.