Student activists organized around the rallying cry: “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote!
” Since then, 18 has become the official age of adulthood in every state except Mississippi, where it is 21, and Alabama and Nebraska, where it is 19.
And while 18 is also the legal age of marriage in most states, the laws in all 50 states allow minors to marry with parental consent.
In some states, a judge must also approve the union.
Amendment culminated a decades-long fight that began during World War II — when President Franklin Roosevelt lowered the minimum draft age to 18 — and continued through the Vietnam War.
But courthouses in every state allow minors to marry under certain circumstances. In order to get married in Idaho at 15, Heather would need permission from a parent.
She’d also need permission from a judge, but she worried about what that might mean.
They returned to their hotel to get ready for the ceremony.
Heather put on the purple dress with short sleeves and a sweetheart neckline.