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Vincent Mosby signed a marriage contract and paid a dowry in a religious ceremony in August, police said.
Mosby, 23, of Kansas City didn't legally wed his 14-year-old bride, however, because Missouri law won't allow it without a judge's order. Police said she was pressured into the union because her mother and stepfather thought she was going to be sexually active with a boy her age.
Although the bride's stepfather arranged the "marriage," according to court records, other relatives frowned upon the union and told police in late August. The relatives also took the girl to protect her from further sexual abuse, according to court records.
A relative told police that Mosby called and threatened violence if family members didn't "give me back my wife in 72 hours," according to court records. Two days later, on Sept. 9, someone fired three shots into the Kansas City home of the girl's aunt. No one was hit.
Originally posted by DINSTAAR
It is however, a different story when the couple have an arranged marriage and both consent. In most cultures that are involved in arranged marriages, all parties consent. This is due to their upbringing.
Originally posted by Totalstranger
when I was 17 and a senior in high school my girlfriend was 14 and we had sex. big whoop. and like the other poster said, 203 hundred years ago it wouldnt have mattered
Originally posted by 2manyquestions
Custom or not, as far as science goes we know that the brain doesn't mature until a person reaches 18-25 years of age.