Marriage; establishes legal age to be 18 years. (HB994)

Introduced By

Del. Karen Keys-Gamarra (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Legal age for marriage. Establishes the legal age of marriage to be 18 years of age and eliminates the ability for a minor to be declared emancipated on the basis of the intent to marry. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104849D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2024Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/09/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee amendment agreed to
02/12/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB994E
02/12/2024Printed as engrossed 24104849D-E
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (55-Y 42-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (55-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/28/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (11-Y 0-N 4-A) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Reading of amendment waived
03/05/2024Committee amendment agreed to
03/05/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/05/2024Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 1-N)
03/06/2024Senate amendment agreed to by House (55-Y 42-N 1-A)
03/06/2024VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 42-N 1-A)
03/06/2024Reconsideration of Senate amendment agreed to by House
03/06/2024Senate amendment agreed to by House (57-Y 40-N)
03/06/2024VOTE: Adoption #2 (57-Y 40-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB994ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 737 (effective 7/1/24)

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