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The Morning Brew: Who are the teen brides of Oklahoma?

Wednesday brings with it news of teen brides and grooms.

Who are the teen brides of Oklahoma?

Brides and grooms in Oklahoma are often young.

In 2014, the Sooner State ranked No. 4 in the nation when it comes to the rate of teens age 15 to 17 who are getting hitched, at 5.8 per 1,000 people, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.

The Oklahoman's Josh Dulaney reported on one such union,  took a look at the statistics and interviewed those familiar with the unions, and what young unions say about Oklahomans. Read his dispatch.

The state perennially ranks near the top when it comes to the youngest median age of first marriage. In 2015, the median age at first marriage was 27 for men, and 25.4 for women, according to census data.

“In Oklahoma, we historically have one of the youngest ages of marriage,” Shreffler says. “About half the women of Oklahoma are married before the age of 24. It's a longstanding history . . . it's linked to educational attainment, and there's a generational component. If your parents married young, you're more likely to marry young.”


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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›