The Marriage of Courtney Stodden: Why Parents Shouldn’t Allow Their Teens to Get Married

Ashley is a 16 year old from Torrance, CA with unique curly hair. She loves writing poetry, trying new experiences, eating spicy food, socializing, listening to music, and giving advice.

In the U.S today, a minor 16-17 years of age can get married to someone over the age of 18 with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. One marriage that fits this description that shocked the whole nation was the marriage of 16 year old country singer Courtney Alexis Stodden and 51 year old actor Doug Hutchison, on May 20th, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada with parental consent.

To view this whole story, visit:

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/06/23/exclusive-16-year-old-courtney-stoddens-mom-approved-marriage-to-much-older/ ).
  2. http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/06/16-year-old-marries-51-year-old-green-mile-actor-courtney-alexis-stodden-doug

When I read the story, I was shocked and disgusted.  What parent allows their 16 year old daughter to marry someone 35 years older than her? It’s beyond creepy, disgusting, and perverted.

I want to point out what the couple said about their love in link 2: “We’re aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial, but we’re very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless.”  Love is love, we all understand that, but there is a limit; especially involving a 16 year old girl who still has a life ahead of her and a 51 year old who’s old enough to be someone’s Dad.

This type of marriage is wrong and beyond gross! I think the main reason Stodden married her manager was to boost up her career (it seems quite obvious because of the fact she married her manager).

I do not believe parents should even consider letting their 16 or 17 year old son or daughter get married to anyone at their young age because:

1.         The minds of 16 and 17 year olds are not yet developed to make wise, mature decisions.

2.        People will not take the son or daughter and parents seriously if the marriage were official or considered.

3.         It is not socially acceptable.

4.         Marriage is something you wait for at an appropriate age with the right person.

5.         Marriage at a young age is guaranteed not to last.

6.         Getting married is a decision you thoroughly think through and something you consider seriously.

7.         Marriage at a young age will not allow the 16 or 17 year old son or daughter to grow up the way other 16 and 17 year olds are (little by little).

8.         Marriage at a young age will just make the 16 or 17 year old son or daughter grow up too fast.

9.         Marriage at a young age will not allow the 16 or 17 year old son or daughter to learn the outside world properly due to the fact they are tied down/devoted to one person and are unable to experience what all 16 and 17 year olds are experiencing now a days (dating, etc )

10.       Marriage at a young age will not allow the 16 or 17 year old son or daughter to make decisions on their own.

11.       Marriage at a young age may not allow the 16 or 17 year old son or daughter to follow their dreams due to factors involving living arrangements.

12.       Marriage at a young age is complicated due to factors involving finance.

All of these reasons show why you as parents shouldn’t let your 16 or 17 year old son or daughter get married. Let these 12 reasons sink into your minds in order to help you make the right, socially acceptable decision.

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