For the record this is an incredibly weird hill to die on, but what you're advocating for is technically legal. There are only 25 states in the us that put an age minimum on child marriage. If the parent consents, it can proceed as a legal union. You live in az yes? There is a high percentage of child marriage in conservative mormon communities, which are all over the northern part of az. (Remember Warren Jeffs?)i am saying that with relationships between minors 14-17 and adults 18-30 being illegal , it results in needless vectoring of STIs , unwanted pregnancies and the prosecution of innocent men, often over the objections of their lovers. have you got some moral objections to this?
Now, some counter points to your position of preventing stds/ unwanted pregnancy etc and moral objections. With links
Here's a highlight from the above article:
"women in the U.S. who married at 18 or younger face a 23 percent greater risk of serious health conditions including heart attack, diabetes, cancer and stroke.
Child marriage is associated with higher rates of sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) and early pregnancies, because child brides are often unable to negotiate access to safe sex and medical care.
Child marriage is associated with higher rates of death resulting from childbirth, unwanted pregnancies, pregnancy termination and malnutrition in the offspring."
Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s and face higher risk of pregnancy-related injuries, such as obstetric fistula.
children of child brides are 60 percent more likely to die in the first year of life than those born to mothers older than 19.
1) Marriage between minors/adults have greater chances of domestic violence.
"Globally, women who married before 18 are six times more likely to have been beaten by their spouses than women who married at 21 or older."
"Child brides are also more likely to believe that a man is justified in beating his wife. Globally, 44% of girls aged 15-19 think a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife or partner."
So. There you go. Food for thought.
Edit: links posted 2x. Whatever just read them twice so it really sinks in