Judge Tullar’s Remarks to Defendants 1953
The romantic concept of a boy and girl falling in love, deciding upon marriage, facing life with its joys and sorrow hand in hand is not just material for the poets. To force a young girl not yet competent to think or speak for herself into a plural marriage with a man not of her heart’s choosing, is to force her into bondage.
To say that a 15-year-old girl who marries a 30, 40, 50-year-old man, selected for her by a committee of other men, does so voluntarily and without force or duress is merely to quibble with words. Our law wisely decrees that a child of such age is incompetent to make any voluntary decisions such as that.