Republican refuses to repeal child marriage law because child doing a girl scout project asked
A Republican politician apparently refused to back legislation to prevent child marriage in part because "a minor doing a Girl Scout project" had proposed it. Cassandra Levesque, 17, campaigned in her native New Hampshire to raise the minimum age for marriage to 18 — from 13 for girls and 14 for boys, with parental consent and a judge's permission.

This week’s topic in Wait, America does what? is child marriage! Yay!

A woman from Florida has claimed she was forced to marry her rapist at age 11. Sherry Johnson says she was raped four times by members of her family’s church congregation as a child. As a result, she became pregnant at age 10.

Florida is one of 27 US states that permits children of any age to be married with their parents’ permission.

A 2011 study found that some 9.4m US women were married before age 16. The study also found that such women were more likely to have psychiatric disorders, and to seek out health services.

Christie to lawmakers avoiding town halls: Go do your job
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Republican lawmakers should hold town halls even if that means confronting hundreds of angry progressive constituents.
By Eric Bradner, CNN

“Now that Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, they’ve gotten what they asked for, he said, so they have to accept the consequences, including rowdy protesters at town halls. ‘I understand why members of Congress don’t like it,’ Christie said. ‘But you know what? You asked for the job. Go do it.’”