FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Emma Collum, Democratic candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in District 93, today issued the following statement calling on her Republican opponent, Chip LaMarca, to denounce child marriage and disavow the support of Broward Republican Party Chairman and current State Rep. George Moraitis:
"Many watching the news have seen the heartbreaking story of Sherry Johnson, who was forced to marry at the age of 11. There are many like her, yet our current representative is supporting child marriage. That is outrageous. I’m speaking out about this because protecting young girls is the right thing to do. Today I am calling on my opponent, Chip LaMarca, to break his silence and condemn Rep. Moraitis' position on this and reject his endorsement. At a time when Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on so little, surely we can both firmly state that child marriage is wrong.
Moraitis made national news last week when he came out against a bill which would have banned marriage by anyone under the age of 18. The legislation was inspired by Sherry Johnson, who was raped and impregnated by a clergyman at the age of 9, and then forced to marry her abuser at the age of 11. LaMarca, who has accepted Moraitis’ endorsement, has remained mute on the topic.
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