HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A bill to prohibit those under the age of 18 from getting married in Pennsylvania was unanimously passed in the state House Judiciary Committee this week.

House Bill 360 now moves to the full House for a vote.

Twenty-seven states currently have no minimum age for when children can get married. Pennsylvania is one of them.

In 38 states, between 2000 and 2010 more than 167,000 children were married, most of them girls, and some as young as 12. Many were married to spouses 18 and older.

“How many are there in Pennsylvania? We don’t know because Pennsylvania doesn’t keep the records,” said Rep. Perry Warren, who is sponsoring House Bill 360 with Rep. Jesse Topper. “When I talk about this bill, when I talk about this issue, invariably someone says, ‘child marriage, is that a thing?’ Well, it is, and it is a problem.”

Delaware and New Jersey passed similar laws last year.