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Ruling parties agree on child marriage ban proposal
The major parties making up Germany's coalition government have agreed to a proposed law that would invalidate marriages involving children under 16.
Leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union parties said they had agreed on a proposed law to ban marriage for anyone under 18, according to a report on Tuesday by Die Welt.
A spokesperson from the Union parties also confirmed the agreement to DPA.
Currently, 18 is the minimum age for marriage, but with parental consent and court permission, 16-year-olds are allowed to marry adults.
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