Ministerial panel approves bill forbidding minors to marry

The legal age for marriage will be raised to 18, according to a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.
The initiative, proposed by MK Yariv Levin (Likud) and Deputy Minister Gila Gamliel (Likud), would raise the current legal marriage age by one year, if it passes a preliminary vote and three readings in the Knesset.
MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) proposed an almost identical bill, but did not submit it to the Ministerial Committee. The two proposals will be brought to a preliminary vote in the Knesset on Tuesday.
The current minimum age for marriage, 17, was legislated in 1950 and has since remained unchanged due to opposition by haredi (ultra-Orthodox) and Arab parties.
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