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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 EDT 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

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