American teens dating and marriage

They would have to keep their plans hidden from her.

“Going to the judge and asking them to let me marry a 24-year-old when I was 14 because I was pregnant.

You know that’s, right there that’s like, you’re going to jail, friend.” There was another problem: Heather’s mother, Lynette, would never agree to let her marry.

Aaron wore sneakers, dark slacks and a matching plaid tie. She wouldn’t be getting married if it wasn’t for the pregnancy and the fact that Aaron was in trouble. “I don’t know if it was because I was nauseous and I was hot.

She posed for a photo with her dad and stepmom, resting her hands on her belly in the shape of a heart. Or, if it was because part of me knew that I could say something.” Heather faced Aaron and held his hands.

Kansas City, on the western edge of Missouri, was 17 hours away. Early the next morning, they strolled through the marble lobby at the Jackson County Courthouse to the recorder of deeds’ office on the first floor.

They left on Heather’s birthday and drove through the night, only stopping to get gas or when she needed to throw up. A court clerk asked Heather and Aaron for their ages and a copy of their IDs.

Her dad, stepmom and grandmother filled the other seats alongside Aaron’s parents. She often craved soggy nachos and hard-boiled eggs. In Idaho, where they met, it’s a felony — statutory rape — for an adult to have sex with anyone younger than 16. Heather lived in a small town surrounded by wheat and potato fields in the valley below Yellowstone National Park. She loved him and needed him to be around for their baby.

It was the morning of her 15th birthday, but she wasn’t in the mood to celebrate. In some ways, she was looking forward to becoming a mom. A few days before her birthday, her mother — who was divorced from her father — called the local police from her home in Utah and filed a report. After the police started looking into the case, they sat down with their families and decided to get married.

They returned to their hotel to get ready for the ceremony.

Heather put on the purple dress with short sleeves and a sweetheart neckline.

After the ceremony, they smeared cake on each other’s faces.

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