Premier hopes minimum age for marriage can be revised to 18

Premier Lin Chuan (??) said Tuesday that there is room for discussion regarding the minimum age to get married, after a lawmaker suggested that the minimum age for both sexes be revised to 18.

Lin expressed hope that "the Legislature can reach a consensus and move toward that direction" during a general legislative interpellation session.

Legislator Lin Ching-yi (???) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) noted that the current Civil Code stipulates that the minimum age for engagement is 17 for men and 15 for women, while the minimum age for marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women.

The lawmaker said it is unfair to differentiate in age according to gender, adding that the code was formulated in the 1930s and is an anachronism that fails to meet the demands of the changing times.

She said that the International Bill of Human Rights defines those under 18 as children, and she asked the premier to revise the Civil Code and move toward the minimum age of 18 to get married, for both sexes.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel