Dr. Matthew & Audrey Blondin of Litchfield recently testified before the Connecticut Legislature's Judiciary Committee in support of HB 5442, AN ACT CONCERNING THE LEGAL AGE TO MARRY IN THIS STATE.
The purpose of this bill is to prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to any applicant under eighteen years of age here in Connecticut. This bill was introduced at the beginning of the session by Representative Michelle Cook of Torrington and currently has 2 co-sponsors Representative Larry Butler of Waterbury and Representative Josh Elliott of Hamden.
Currently in Connecticut, parents can give their consent for children ages 16-18 to marry, and Judges of Probate can grant consent for children under age 16 to marry with no minimum age. In reality, a grammar school child could be granted the right to marry here in our state.
Between 2011-2015, 28 boys and 159 girls between the ages of 14-17 were granted marriage licenses in Connecticut. Two of these children were 14 and two were 15.
In addition to the Blondin's, 10 additional individuals either testified or submitted written testimony in support of the bill, including Fraidy Reiss of New Jersey, Executive Director of Unchained At Last, the only nonprofit in the United States dedicated to helping women escape or resist arranged or forced marriages and rebuild their lives.
Pictured L-R are: Dr. Matthew Blondin, Audrey Blondin, CT Representative (D-65) Michelle Cook and Executive Director Fraidy Reiss. ~ contributed
Art Around the Box Gala Spotlights
Little Free Library on the Auction Block
The Morris Public Library will host their 6th Annual Art Around the Box Gala Auction on March 25, 2017 from 4-7pm at the renowned White Barn at South Farms in Morris, CT. One of the more unusual Art Around the Box items to be auctioned this year will be a Little Free Library complete with registration and installation.
Rose Buckens is the founder of The Litchfield Hills Little Free Library Grass Roots Project and was delighted to donate one of the Little Free Libraries that were built and painted at workshops and painting parties hosted at StoneHill, her Morris home.
Rose Buckens (right) is pictured with partner Jo Ann Jaacks during their January appearance on news anchor Ann Nyberg’s show, speaking about the Little Free Library to be donated to Art Around the Box.
The event will offer live music by the band Tapestry, which is reuniting for one day to entertain at the Gala. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the afternoon’s festivities. Tickets are $15 each, $25 for two, and can be purchased at the Morris Public Library at 4 North Street in Morris or at the door on March 25. ~ contributed