SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A push against underage marriage in the U.S. is coming to Utah, where a lawmaker wants to raise the legal age to 18 to prevent girls from being pressured into the unions associated with higher poverty and lower education rates.High-profile teen marriage cases in Utah have happened in polygamous groups involving leaders like Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life prison sentence for sexually assaulting girls he considered wives. But it's not the only place where it's an issue.There have been thousands of underage marriages in the U.S. since 2000, and until recently more than half of states didn't set a limit on how young someone could be to get married if they met criteria like parental approval, said Jeanne Smoot of the Virginia-based Tahirih Justice Center."Many people assume this was something from generations that's no longer happening in the U.S.," she said Friday. But marriage data show more than 200,000 Americans younger than 18 got married between 2000 … [Read more...] about Utah lawmaker wants to raise legal marriage age to 18
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Updated 11:03 pm, Thursday, May 17, 2018 Photo: Kristin Murphy, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Kim Reeves sits with her fellow graduates during the S.J. Quinney College of Law commencement ceremony at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Kristin Murphy /The Deseret News via AP) Kim Reeves sits with her fellow graduates during the S.J. Quinney College of Law commencement ceremony at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Kristin Murphy /The Deseret News via AP) Photo: Kristin Murphy, AP Utah mother of 5, military wife graduates from law school 1 / 1 Back to Gallery SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kim Reeves had three children, one on the way, when she decided she wanted to go to law school. She had already earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in business … [Read more...] about Utah mother of 5, military wife graduates from law school
When Melissa Butler sends 9-year-old Guy and 7-year-old Sammi off to school, they walk alone. "Ultimately I decided my parenting decisions are not going to be based on fear," said Butler. She's no longer concerned because Utah's "free-range parenting" law prevents parents from being prosecuted for allowing kids to roam on their own. "Nobody wants to see a kid abducted, but everybody wants a kid to be a kid so how do we find that balance," said Utah state Rep. Brad Daw What is free-range parenting? The idea can be traced back to something former New York Daily News columnist Lenore Skenazy wrote a decade ago. She let her then 9-year-old son ride the New York City subway, and got labeled as "America's worst mom." "If you're neglecting a child, that's awful. You will be prosecuted. If you're trusting your child and you taught them to cross the street and look both ways and not go off with strangers, you're an old-fashioned parent, and that's not against the law," Skenazy says … [Read more...] about Utah’s “free-range parenting” law gives kids more freedom to roam
1 of 8 View 8 Items Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Siblings Cleo, 12, and Allan Hall, 10, take turns jumping over a ditch near their home in Midvale on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Related Links Letter: 'Free-range parenting' and systemic abuse risks Utah governor signs law legalizing 'free-range parenting' Utah lawmakers OK bill legalizing free-range parenting MIDVALE — In May, Utah will become the first state to bestow statutory blessing on such activities as allowing kids to play outside, walk to schools and parks or engage in other activities independently, without fear of launching a child welfare investigation because a passerby disapproves. The so-called "free-range parenting" law, which takes effect May 8, will protect parents like Jessica Hall, who lets her four kids, ages 5 to 12, jump ditches and play in the park and enjoy the kind of childhood more common in their parents' generation than in their own. The new law says … [Read more...] about Utah is about to become the first state with a free-range parenting law; what does it mean for you?
Mathew Sumner, Associated Press FILE - This Jan. 1, 2018 file photo shows marijuana plants for sale at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. = Related Links Utah Lt. Gov. Cox talks opioid overdose prevention, medical marijuana in U. panel discussion Utah governor vows to 'actively oppose' medical marijuana ballot initiative More than 3 in 4 Utahns support medical marijuana, new poll shows The cannabis debate: How Utah fits into the nationwide conversation SALT LAKE CITY — The first of possibly four retail marijuana shops recently opened in Dinosaur, Colorado, about 3 miles from the Utah-Colorado state line along U.S. 40. While possession and use of cannabis products may be legal in Colorado, it is prohibited under Utah law. "Just be aware, it is still illegal here in the state of Utah. If they choose to leave the state and bring it back into the state, there's nothing that's changed here in the state of Utah," said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. … [Read more...] about Utah officials concerned about marijuana shop 3 miles from border