Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them. Various NGOs have attacked the practice of boys marrying, saying "Girls and boys who marry as children—before the age of 18, the end of childhood as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child—can experience a lifetime of harmful limitations on their development and their health." Of course, some of the objections raised against heterosexual marriages involving boys, such as that "many end up with less education or employment training when fatherhood leads them to assume roles as providers", are not applicable to homosexual marriages involving boys.
Some laws are discriminatory against boylovers. For example, New Hampshire Revised Statute 457:4 provides, "No male below the age of 14 years and no female below the age of 13 years shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage that is entered into by one male and one female, and all marriages contracted by such persons shall be null and void. No male below the age of 18 and no female below the age of 18 shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage between persons of the same gender, and all marriages contracted by such persons shall be null and void."