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Does Age Matter?


I came across this article today about actor Doug Hutchison who got married to country singer Courtney Stodden. There is nothing wrong with two people getting married but what's different is that Doug Hutchison is 51 years old and Courtney Stodden is only 16?!?
Legally, the Nevada state law states that a person can legally get married at 18 but if you want to get married younger you need consent from a parent or guardian so I am guessing a parent gave her consent.

What do you guys think? Does age matter? And would you allow your daughter or son to marry someone much older than he or she is, especially if your child is only 16?
Jun 21, 2011 @ 02:47 pm

10 Replies


All Is Fair

It seems pretty crazy....he could almost be her father. But, it is important to try not to be judgmental of people...you can't help who you fall for. Hopefully they are happy together.
Jun 21, 2011 @ 02:49 pm

Here's pics!


Okay she looks MUCH older than her age...

Jun 21, 2011 @ 02:50 pm


Jun 21, 2011 @ 02:53 pm


She looks OLLLD! (in a good way!) No way is she only 16!!!! If they're happy, then sure! Go ahead...it's a big difference though...wowsers!
Jun 21, 2011 @ 02:54 pm

I saw that too

I saw this news bit too. She does NOT look 16! Either that or she's had work done which is really concerning at her young age. I don't think there's a problem per se with a wide age gap because it so depends on the people involved. Hutchinson is still young-ish (keep in mind, I'm comparing to Hugh Hefner!), so I don't have as much problem with his age.

It's hers I'm worried about. I seriously doubt that a 16-yr-old is prepared for the realities of marriage. Not the bedroom stuff, not the cooking & cleaning stuff (assuming she'll have to), but more about the reality of missing out on her late teenage years and early 20s. Being "tied down" -- even to a good man -- might be chafing for someone that young.
Jun 21, 2011 @ 03:13 pm

That's 16 !?!?!?

What!?!? Damn if she looks like that at 16, how old will she look at 36?? She looks to be in her late 20's to 30's in the pics!

I think a 16 yr old is too young to know herself and way too young to decide that she's ready to marry someone 35years older than she is. He can be her father, sure. He is old enough to be her grandfather!!!

If I was a parent I would never allow my child to make such a life changing decision at this early age, and I doubt I'd ever be OK with someone marrying someone SO MUCH OLDER than they are.

My mind works like this: Marriage = sharing a life. The granpa already lived the life you (the youngun') will be living. Either he has to relive his teen years or you have to grow up and old really fast! No way.

Having said all of that, if you didn't tell me how old they were, I wouldn't think they were so far apart judging by the picture. Btw, I think their age diff' will make the guy a pedophile in some states as well as Canada, no?
Jun 23, 2011 @ 03:20 pm

haha Becky

Ya if she's 16 now I can't imagine her at even 20. She does look like she's had some work done though :S

As for the pedophile thing. In a lot of people's eyes, including mine, will see him as a pedophile. However, she needed consent to marry him if she's under 18 so one of her parents have given the consent.

Age in this case DOES matter I think because they are in totally different stages of life. She's still trying to figure out her identity and he's in the stage of settling down and having a family.
Jun 23, 2011 @ 03:40 pm

She looks older

This girl does not look 16 at all.Thats sad she seems to want to grow up to quickly your only sweet 16 once.
Jun 24, 2011 @ 02:17 pm

Just a number, but...

If people are in love then who am I to judge. I just don't understand how they have anything in common!? What could they possibly talk about or do together that they are both interested in? As long as they are happy and not hurting anyone, all the power to them. I can't see it lasting very long.
Jun 27, 2011 @ 04:47 pm

The weirdest thing ever...

I actually looked this singer Courtney Stodden up on youtube and I have to tell you- as you see more and more of her videos, the weirder and weirder it gets.

She clearly likes attention and I read in an article that this actor Doug Hutchinson used to be her manager? Seems like a publicity stunt to me....


Jun 27, 2011 @ 05:15 pm

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