Rape Charge Follows Marriage to a 14-Year-OldHe is 22, she is 14 AND the mother of his child. They had to go from Nebraska to Kansas to get married with the consent of her parents. Kansas is one of the few states in the US that allows people as young as 12 to get married, well, as long as they are not marrying a same sex partner.
In Kansas, five girls under 15 were married in 2003, three in 2002 and six in 2001. To her credit, Governor Kathleen Sebelius [of Kansas], embarrassed by her state's status as one of the few allowing children as young as 12 to marry, has said she will propose a raise in the minimum age when the Legislature reconvenes in January. However, this past year, Kansas voted to ban same sex marriages by a 70% vote. They do have their priorities straight don't they.
Mr. Koso faces up to 50 years in prison, and Mr. Bruning said he was considering additional charges based on complaints that Mr. Koso had sex with other young girls in the past. Mr. Koso's lawyer would not allow him to discuss that, but his mother said he told her that he had dated only one other girl under 16 and that they did not have sex.
For now, Mr. Koso, out on $5,000 bond, sits in the basement of his parents' home, where the walls are papered with the pink-and-purple, heart-filled love notes that his wife, a ninth-grader, scribbled on notebook paper in class. A crib crammed next to the bed has Winnie the Pooh sheets to match the keychain dangling from her schoolgirl purse.
The couple named their 7-pound, 1-ounce baby girl, born Thursday morning, Samara Ann Koso, after a character in the horror movie "The Ring."
The attorney general in Nebraska, Jon Bruning, is still prosecuting Mr. Koso, although:
Mr. Bruning said he was shocked that more than 80 percent of the 250 people - most from outside Nebraska - who had contacted his office opposed the prosecution. Similar sentiment abounds here in Falls City...And people are surprised when groups like MassEquality.org believe that an amendment banning same sex marriage should NEVER be up for a vote.