Court OKs marriage for 12-year-old girls

June 16, 2006 at 8:20 AM

DENVER, June 16 (UPI) -- A Colorado appeals court ruling makes legal a common law marriage between a 14-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl.

The ruling reverses a lower court finding that a 15-year-old girl was too young for a common law union, the Rocky Mountain News reported Friday.

While not firmly establishing a minimum age, the three-judge panel noted that Colorado recognizes English common law unions, which legalize such marriages at 12 for girls and 14 for boys.

The decision involves a Weld County case in which a girl identified only as J.M.H. began living with Willis Lee Rouse in 2002 when she was 14 and he was 34, the newspaper said.

Rouse is now a 38-year-old inmate at the Fremont Correctional Facility, serving four years for stalking and escape, the Rocky Mountain News reported, while J.M.H., in the midst of a dependency and neglect action, recently turned 18.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
'Serial stowaway' arrested again at Chicago's O'Hare, Midway airports
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison
Two killed by police gunfire in 2 separate Central Texas shootings