How Young is Too Young to Get Married?
Is there a right and wrong age to tie the knot? A recently divorced columnist at the Huffington Post wrote a controversial piece in which she stated that it is “better both for the institution of marriage and the individuals getting married -- if we could change the law to prevent couples from getting married before the age of 25.”
Fox News contributor Steven Crowder is 24 years old and recently engaged. He joined Fox and Friends to give his position on having a government enforced ban on marriage before the age of 25. What bothers him is when people tell him that he’s too young to get married.
Crowder said, “You know the same argument they always use is 'you don’t have enough life experience' … And really when you read the column they go in to talk about drinking and partying. These are the same people
who refer to their years of higher education as a college experience when it’s honestly four years of glorified alcoholism.”
He continued, “The truth is, I love life experiences, I’m hoping to have as many of them as possible. That’s why I choose to skip the crappy ones and I can’t imagine to possibly enjoy my life experiences more than sharing them with the person with whom I’ll be sharing the rest of my life.”
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Crowder said the naysayers are the same people who disagreed with his columns on abstinence and against living with a significant other before marriage. People told him, “You have to live with each other and test each other out," but he countered, "Well you know what we called that for hundreds of years – concubines.”
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Those who say young people should get married before a certain age note how much people change throughout their teens and twenties. Alisyn Camerota asked, “Is there some age that is too young for marriage?"
He answered, “No, there’s a moral bar that needs to be set … When it comes to marriage, I’m making very in depth and harsh judgments because that is absolutely a life decision. We’re told that oh you need to discover yourself; you need to grow by yourself. Well really, what are you doing? You’re learning … how to grow apart from one another rather than learning how to grow up with your wife or with your husband.”
Crowder believes that energy should be focused on premarital counseling and teaching people how to be equipped for marriage. “Why would I want to marry someone after I’ve learned how to live alone? It’s only going to be harder for us to merge our lives,” he said.
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