Spain will raise the minimum legal age for marriage from 14 to 16 years, the government announced Friday.
The minimum age for marrying is 18 years. But until now, people as young as 14 years could marry with permission from a judge or their family.
Marriages of minors are rare in Spain. In the first half of 2010, four boys and 64 girls aged about 17 got married, according to the daily El Pais.
The limit of 16 years will be similar to other European countries, Health Minister Ana Mato said.
The government will also ask parliament to raise the minimum age of consent for sex from the current 13 years, the minister said.
The measures aim at reinforcing the protection of minors from sex abuse.
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