State Representative Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-Scottsdale) introduced HB2006, which alters the Arizona Revised Statutes to prohibit child marriage under any circumstances. Specifically, the bill would prohibit the clerk of a superior court from issuing a marriage license to a minor.
Ugenti-Rita is serving her fourth term in the Arizona House of Representatives. She represents legislative district 23, which includes Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. Ugenti-Rita along with Rep. Jay Lawrence easily won reelection in 2016 with 69,758 and 64,903 votes, respectively. Democratic challenger Tammy Caputi received 46,255 votes.
Currently, the law allows for the marriage of minors aged 16 or 17 with the consent of at least one parent or guardian. Children under the age of 16 need “the approval of any superior court judge in the state” in addition to parental consent to be married.
In addition, the law requires that for children younger than 16 years old to be married 1) “both parties to the marriage to complete premarital counseling” unless “the court determines that premarital counseling is not reasonably available,” 2) “the minor is entering into the marriage voluntarily,” and 3) “the marriage is in the best interests of the minor under the circumstances.”
Furthermore, the court “May require that the minor continue to attend school” or “any other condition that the court determines is reasonable under the circumstances.”
There is no minimum age required to be married in the state of Arizona.