Bonnie Says: 16-Year-Old Bride Courtney Stodden’s Parents Are Negligent For Allowing Her To Marry 51-Year-Old Doug Hutchinson!

Tue, June 21, 2011 6:05pm EST by 30 Comments

I don’t care how supposedly mature aspiring country music star and former Miss Teen Washington USA Courtney Stodden is, she is NOT mature enough to tie the knot with actor Doug Hutchison.

Her parents, Krista and Alex Stodden, need their heads examined after giving permission for their daughter to marry the 51-year-old actor.

Sixteen year-olds need to be focused on their education, future careers, enjoying friendships, acquiring sports or musical skills, and most of all, developing their own personal identities.

They are in no way, shape or form ready to get married to anyone, least of all someone more than three times their age. This is completely creepy and Courtney‘s parents allowed it to happen. They gave their permission to Courtney so she could get married in Las Vegas. Most states require people to be eighteen or nineteen, or even 21, before they marry, but this couple was able to walk down the aisle legally in Nevada because Courtney’s parents signed off on the ceremony.

So they enabled Hutchison to take advantage of their daughter, who has to be blinded by a desire for fame. The Stoddens as parents have a responsibility to protect their daughter from making naive mistakes. . . like getting married, period.

Instead Courtney’s mother told Radaronline, “They are very much in love and we are so supportive of this!”

“The marriage between Doug Hutchinson and Courtney Alexis Stodden is appalling and disturbing. . . For Courtney’s parents to allow their daughter to get married at the age of 16 to a 51-year-old man shows emotional neglect towards their daughter,” says relationship expert and family therapist, psychologist, Dr. Cindy Bunin. “Her parents must be gold-diggers and want this actor to take care of their daughter. They are actually pawning off their daughter to this man.”

I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Bunin. Courtney may look older that 16 with all her makeup and alleged breast implants, but that doesn’t mean that she really is emotionally any older than 16, and 16-year-olds are immature beings who make lots of decisions that are reckless. That’s why so many states have actually raised the driving age — too many 16-year-olds were having reckless accidents behind the wheel.

“You’re far too immature to get married at 16. Immature in your intellectual development, social development and self-esteem,” points out Cooper Lawrence, a relationship expert who has a masters degree in developmental psychology. “At 16, your brain isn’t even fully developed yet and the part that isn’t developed is the decision-making area. Your identity isn’t even formed yet.”

And let’s just talk about the basis of marriage: isn’t it supposed to be about having mutual interests and goals. What can a 16-year-old and a 51-year-old have in common that would convince responsible parents that marriage was a good idea?

“Nothing! Zero! Except sex. Their marriage is unnatural,” believes Dr. Bunin.

“There’s something wrong with him if he thinks she’s an appropriate partner,” adds Cooper Lawrence.

But most of all, there is something seriously wrong with Courtney’s parents.

If a 51-year-old man wanted to marry my teen daughter, we’d tell him to get lost and call the police if he didn’t. And if our daughter wanted to get married, we’d get her into serious therapy instead of helping her tie the knot.

I feel sorry for the fame-hungry Courtney who must not have been instilled with enough self worth by her worthless parents to know that she deserves a much better life than this!

–Bonnie Fuller

More Courtney:

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  3. 16-Year-Old Pageant Bride’s Mother Speaks Out: She Supports Daughter’s Marriage To A 51-Year-Old Actor!

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dfrtyhj

Posted at 6:49 AM on September 30, 2014  

The parents onviously considered this carefully. Quit interfering.

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Mariah

Posted at 6:18 PM on February 26, 2012  

I know I’m late to this party, but, being from near Ocean Shores myself, I know a few things about it, as well. One of the most recent is that her dad has finally got his cajones back and is speaking out against this. He was pressured by his VERY overbearing wife. If they really loved each other, they could have waiting the two years until she was an adult, but her mother is pushing to make her famous, when all she really is, is a laughingstock. All comments about her are 99.9% negative, but they keep on like everyone loves them. Everything about them is a lie. They PAY a photographer to take pics and pretend to be ‘paparazzi’. Then they feed the photos into the media. They do not live in a mansion, Doug is not exactly ‘rich’, they have no pool or hottub, it is all a big make believe game for a very spoiled and mentally ill young girl (with an equally mentally ill mother), and this is going to do more damage than good, but Krista, her mother, couldn’t care less…she’s in ‘Hollywood’.

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michelle

Posted at 8:30 PM on June 6, 2012  

So true and so very very very sad!!!!

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Posted at 2:23 AM on January 26, 2012  

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JJ

Posted at 8:48 PM on December 10, 2011  

I don’t understand how Warren Jeffs can be imprisoned for life while this guy is allowed to publicly flaunt his 15 year old bride on TV without any remorse or consequences. Is he the Devil?

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hanna

Posted at 10:15 PM on July 18, 2011  

This is one of the sickest, most perverted things I have ever heard of. What kind of stupid, twisted people would let their 16 year old daughter marry a man that old? He’ll probably be dead by the time it would actually be appropriate for her to marry. He could be old enough to be her father, even her grandfather. The girl hasn’t even finished high school! This is sick on so many different levels.

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Daphne

Posted at 11:32 AM on July 7, 2011  

If this girl is REALLY 16…she’s gonna look like she’s 51 by the time she hits her 20’s!! She looks way to old to be 16! I wonder how true that really is!!

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icky

Posted at 2:25 AM on July 16, 2011  

This is so perverted. I was sexually abused as a child. How can any parent do this to their daughter??? They are not PARENTING her at all. She looks like a prostitute or a porno star and I am afraid pornography will be her next step (once she gets old enough). I’m sorry, a normal person does not stand the way she does. Her songs show how she has been raised. She thinks way too highly of herself and is putting other girls down. It is bad when a 16 y.o. is behaving this way. If this “actor” thinks she will stay with him as he continues to age, he is out of his mind. This guy is not even handsome and she will go where the money is as she was raised. Her parents will stand before their maker. I thought my mother was “wacked”. She is a saint compared to her parents. There is no turning back unless she ends up with a rude awakening but I doubt the dirty old men will allow her to fall too far. She is an object – not a person. I feel very sorry for her since this is not her fault but at some point she will be responsible for the person she continues to grow into. God forbid if it is a porn star. I’m sorry. That is all I can see. What was on TV tonight was disgusting. An OBJECT. Some day she will feel how empty of a life that is.

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Jen

Posted at 12:53 PM on June 28, 2011  

If he really loves her he will wait for her until she has matured more. My goodness at least, wait until you don’t need her mommy and daddy’s signature to marry her! A 51 year old has mental issues if he desires girls that young. It is disgusting! A girl her age wanting to marry a man that old is probably looking for a father figure and is mistaking that for love. Parents who let their daughter marry a man that is old enough to be her father, heck, almost her grandfather, are totaly irresponsible. I agree with the writer of this article. If am man of this age came around my daughter the police would be called. If I found out they had relations, he would be in jail, and have a restraining order against him after he got out! This is wrong on so many levels, and so very sad.

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Walter

Posted at 11:10 PM on July 6, 2011  

Are you kidding bro, don’t you remember back in high school prime age was 15-16. After that it’s all downhill.

This guy knows where the goods are.

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Gross

Posted at 10:48 PM on October 24, 2011  

Walter, I hope you didn’t breed.

 
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Mina

Posted at 11:14 AM on June 24, 2011  

I’ve got to agree. Everybody involved is insane or extremely mentally ill.

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whocares

Posted at 4:22 PM on June 23, 2011  

Both of her parents and the perv needs to be thrown in jail! They basically sold her off like a prostitute! That’s how you protect your child?

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jason

Posted at 1:12 AM on June 23, 2011  

If you go to the miss teen washington usa website she is not listed as a contestant…going back several years.

HL…it took me about 25 seconds to verify this.

Where are your fact checkers?

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Kari

Posted at 11:31 AM on June 23, 2011  

Try looking again. She is under a Miss Teen Washington contestant in 2010

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reality

Posted at 12:38 PM on June 22, 2011  

Personally I don’t think a man in his 50’s should want to marry anyone under 25, and even that is a big age difference. But if Doug Hutchinson really loved this girl, he’d wait until she was at least out of her teens to tie the knot. The fact that he’s in such a hurry to marry her while she’s 16 shows that he’s only in it for the sex. I’m no prude, but to me that’s perverted.

And parents shouldn’t even be allowing their 16 year olds to DATE a 51 year old, let alone marry one. I think the girl is in it for the fame and the parents are in it for the money. It’s pathetic.

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Chelse

Posted at 10:05 AM on June 22, 2011  

I think 16 is definitely to young to wed, but I don’t agree with your derogatory statements nor you attacking her and her family.

You can drive at 16, vote and die for this country at 18, drink when your 21 – so please do tell me what’s the legal age to love someone again because last time I checked there wasn’t a law about that!

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Sage

Posted at 12:59 PM on June 28, 2011  

There is a law about it, it’s called the statutory rape law! She does not have the authority to consent to relations with him, or to marrying him. Her parents had to sign papers allowing him to marry her. So while there may not be a ‘love law’ per se, there are laws trying to prevent this sort of thing. Why? Because children, and she is a child, need to be protected!

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michelle

Posted at 8:39 PM on June 6, 2012  

Chelse there is no law when it comes to love. However, true love involves responsibility for each other. Courtney is way to young to be responsible for her self. And it is obvious that her parents do not love her…they are trading her off as an object for their own benefit. That is not love and most certainly is not protecting the innocent. As for Dougie boy, being the adult. If it were true love he would most certainly understand this concept and respond accordingly. Waiting until she was at least the age of legal consent. He is in it for the sex. He is a twisted individual and her parents are as well!!!!

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desamarads

Posted at 11:16 PM on October 31, 2012  

Watch Dr Robert Sapolsky’s lectures about brain development (they are free online) and you will change your mind. Our legal age was set BEFORE we understood brain development. We should raise the age of adulthood to 26.

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Steven Eisenpreis

Posted at 6:05 AM on June 22, 2011  

The NERVE!!!!!!!!!!

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Tiffany

Posted at 9:16 PM on June 21, 2011  

Omgosh when I first saw the pic on E I had no idea she was 16. Holy she’s so mature. maybe she’s also mentally developed to understand the meaning of marriage. Time will tell if this is TRUE love.

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jason

Posted at 9:16 PM on June 21, 2011  

Jason says: Before you speak Bonnie verify the fact(?) that she’s 16 (i.e. fact checking…I know your staff has never heard of that before but there’s always a first time).

Btw…she’s looks 32…at the YOUNGEST.

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Kelsey

Posted at 9:35 PM on July 19, 2011  

Jason before you speek make sure you know what your talking about. SHE fame-hungry Courtney Is indeed 16 i know her we are both for Ocean Shores WA, She was in my little sisters grade tell she bacame home schooled. Her parents gave her away to this nasty old man so she could become something BIG. But the only this BIG she has is her Fake ass Boobs. Courtney and her parents went about this all wrong when your 16 you shouldnt look no where near close to being 32 at the youngest. And its very sad how as a parent in there right mind is ok with there 16 year old Daughter looking like a porn star and acting the way she does this is outrageous.

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michelle

Posted at 8:41 PM on June 6, 2012  

Jason her birth certificate is available on line and it was also mentioned on the Today show. The girl is 16, now 17…soon to be 18. Bonnie has her facts straight.

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ngatea1

Posted at 8:56 PM on June 21, 2011  

I’m on both sides for this. One, I think that if the 16 year old REALLY does truly love the 51 yr old, I think she should do whats right for her, not for everyone else. On the other hand, I agree with this article. How could a 16 year make that big of a choice? She is way to immature. But, anyway. We have to get the full story before we start making judgements……

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len

Posted at 1:57 AM on June 22, 2011  

ngatea1, what kind of drugs are you on? How can you be on both sides when both sides contradict one another? It doesnt even make sense! Either she’s too immature, or she should do what she wants. You cant have both. And anyway I think every sane person sees that this marriage is a big mistake.

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cherry

Posted at 6:26 PM on July 6, 2011  

this is more of an incest thing..

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ashley

Posted at 1:15 PM on October 11, 2012  

so many obvious concerns…for her mother to say that they are so in love is stunning…the only real love her heart and brain should be capable is for her parents and close family members..she might be capable of puppy love for a boy her age…she did have at least one boyfriend she speaks of…someone is confusing love for an obsession to get out of her boring life in washington and that includes her parents..crtny has seen one too many reality shows and said that could be me…I dont blame her for seeking what she thinks will be success but to marry doug makes the need to advance herself pathological… i guess some fool wants to cash in on her 15 miutes so they may get their own reality show..I think Dr. Drew is in her future..as for doug well that is real obvious..we all know hoe impulsive a 16 yr. old can be…2 years from then it would have NEVER happened..they already look like beauty and the beast..imagine in 2 years ..he will look worse than he does and his insecurity told him even she coould be on to her next imature obsession…doug when yr family drops u u have done wrong….if u are not broke now..u will be after the divorce..which will be soon when the next best opportunity comes along….

 
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