This is crazy I mean, physical component, marriage?
I'm talking about having a girlfriend, go out together, hold hands, just that!
I thought I would receive more charitable answers really, but I understand that it's your culture and I respect it.
In my humble opinion those laws are absurd, does it mean it's okay if a 16 year old is having sexual relations as long as the partner is under 18? Do you consider them inocent children? That's hypocricy, it's inmoral, if the laws were truly Chistian it should be forbidden for people under 18 to have those relations.
I find it no sense. I can't understand how it can be that you have a law telling you if it's ok to go out with someone or not, laws interfering in the private lives of people. I know it makes sense when it's about protecting children from the western society corruption but this is clearly not happening (just look at France, Holland, and all those countries).
In my country even though the "age of consent" is sometimes written as 12 in books, the states restrict it so it's very much like in the United States (16, 18 years). There cases (specialy in the south of the country and the regions with indigenous populations) where people marry at very young age (14, 13 years old) that's why the laws had to be flexible. It's their culture, but not the culture of the majority of people.
People who are under 25 years are university students, normal people, young men, how absurd to say they should have a "paternal" attitude, we're not old men, 40 or 50 years olds.
In my country, it's also common for people my age to have girlfriends of that age (16, 17 even 15 but no less than 15), the families are not against it in most cases and it's like this because younger girls are thought to be less corrupt in their actions than older women of my generation.
And you can ask a Bulgarian, a Romanian, a Russian currently living in those countries and he will tell you the same, it's a normal thing. They don't have that mentality.
By the way, this girl I'm talking about, her mother is in her 40's and her dad is almost 70! Her parents have nothing to do with this I'm sure about that.
I no longer feel as bad as yesterday, there's something that made me feel better and think that she's not the right person: I heard they're Presbyterians