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  • 4th century

    • 325: From the early Christian era (30 to 325 CE), marriage was thought of as primarily a private matter,[citation needed] with no uniform religious or other ceremony being required. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
    • 342: A law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th. 9.7.3) issued in 342 CE prohibited same-sex marriage in ancient Rome, but the exact intent of the law and its relation to social practice is unclear, as only a few examples of same-sex marriage in that culture exist. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
  • 13th century

    • 1200s: The average age of marriage in the late 1200s into the 1500s was around 25 years of age. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
  • 16th century

  • 17th century

    • 1600s: By the 1600s many of the Protestant European countries had a state involvement in marriage. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
    • 1600s: As part of the Reformation, the role of recording marriages and setting the rules for marriage passed to the state; by the 1600s many of the Protestant European countries had heavy state involvement in marriage. - Marriage, Genealogy_wikia.
    • July 21, 1605: Ignatius performed the coronation of False Dmitriy I on July 21, 1605 and later also celebrated the coronation of his wife Marina Mnishek and their marriage. - Patriarch Ignatius, Wikipedia.
    • 1690s: From the 1690s until the Marriage Act of 1753 as many as 300,000 clandestine marriages were performed at Fleet Prison alone. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
  • 18th century

    • 1753: In England and Wales, Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act 1753 required a formal ceremony of marriage, thereby curtailing the practice of Fleet Marriage. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
    • 1753: In England and Wales, it was Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act 1753 that first required formal ceremony of marriage, thereby curtailing the practice of Fleet Marriage. - Marriage, Genealogy_wikia.
    • 1753: A Fleet Marriage is the best-known example of an irregular or a clandestine marriage taking place in England before the Marriage Act of 1753 came into force on March 25th, 1754. - Fleet Marriage, Wikipedia.
    • September 10, 1792: But the Revolution may be said to have swept away marriage among the institutions which it overwhelmed, and by the law of the 10th of September 1792 so great facility was given for divorce a vinculo matrimonii as practically to terminate the obligations of marriage. - Divorce, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 19th century

    • 1816: In the year 1816 he ran off with a Miss Eliza Pattle and they were subsequently married in Edinburgh. - Edward Gibbon Wakefield, Wikipedia.
    • 1835: So was relationship within the prohibited degrees, which has been made an absolute avoidance of marriage by the Marriage Act 1835. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1835: The act of 1835 enacted that " all marriages which shall hereafter be celebrated between persons within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity or affinity shall be absolutely null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever." They had previously been only voidable. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1836: For the relief of the great body of Dissenters the act of 1836 was passed. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1837: A transcription of pre 1837 marriages is complete and a project to transcribe all parish registers to 1901 is well underway. - Buckinghamshire Family History Society, Wikipedia.
    • 1837: In England and Wales, since 1837, civil marriages have been recognized as a legal alternative to church marriages under the Marriage Act of 1836. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
    • September 10, 1848: He married Jemima Elizabeth Bright (10 September 1848, England - 8 May 1932, Manhattan, NY) (New York Times, p15, Col 4, May 9, 1932) in 1866 (according to 1890 Census records). - Charles Henry Fletcher, Wikipedia.
    • 1850: In England the bill to render marriage with a deceased wife's sister valid was first adopted by the House of Commons in 1850, and rejected by the House of Lords in 1851. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1857: The act contains a proviso justifying clergymen in refusing to solemnize marriages with a deceased wife's sister, and it preserves the peculiar status of the wife's sister under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857, under which adultery with her by the husband is incestuous adultery. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1864: In the Syllabus of 1864 is lxvi.: Matrimonii sacramentum non est, nisi quid contractui accessorium ab eoque separabile, ipsumque sacramentum in una tantum nuptiali benedictione situm est." This condemns the attempts of certain canonists (e.g. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1890: Polygamy is practiced illegally by some groups in the United States and Canada, primarily by Mormon fundamentalist sects that separated from the mainstream Latter Day Saints movement after the practice was renounced in 1890. - Marriage, Genealogy_wikia.
    • 1892: The Foreign Marriage Act 1892 has consolidated the English law relating to marriages celebrated abroad, and brings it into harmony with the current tendencies of marriage law reform generally. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • October 28, 1892: An order in council of the 28th of October 1892, moreover, provides that in the case of any marriage under the act, if it appears to the marriage officer that the woman about to be married is a British subject, and that the man is an alien, he must be satisfied that the marriage will be recognized by the law of the foreign country to which the alien belongs. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1895: The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act of 1895 enabled a wife whose husband is convicted of an assault on her, or who has been deserted by him, or been obliged owing to his cruelty to live apart from him, to apply to the justices, who are empowered by the act to make an order for separation and for payment by the husband to his wife of such weekly sum, not exceeding two pounds, as they may consider reasonable. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1896: The bill of 1896, however, which was judiciously drafted to avoid the compulsory celebration by clergymen of marriages against which they had conscientious scruples, was carried in the Lords. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1896: From 1896 to 1901 no further direct steps were taken, but in 1898 and again in 1900 (May 28) the subject was brought forward in the House of Lords by Lord Strathcona in the form of a bill under which marriages with a deceased wife's sister contracted in any British colony should be deemed valid for all purposes within the United Kingdom. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1898: The Marriage Act 1898 authorized the celebration of marriages in places of worship duly registered for the solemnization of marriages under the Marriage Act of 1836 without the presence of the registrar, on condition of their being solemnized in the presence of a person duly authorized by the governing body of the place of worship in question. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1899: The Marriages Validity Act of 1899 removed doubts as to the validity of marriages in England on Irish banns and in Ireland on English banns. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1899: As regards the Channel Islands, marriages of the kind in question were made legal in 1899, and in 1907 in the Isle of Man. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 20th century

    • 1900s

      • 1901: An imperial bill reached a second reading in the House of Commons in 1901 and again in 1902, but it was blocked by the High Church opponents of the measure when attempts were made to get it to the committee stage (Feb. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1906: The natural sequence of the passing of the act of 1906 was the reintroduction in 2907 of the bill relating to England. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1906: Lastly, the Marriage with Foreigners Act 1906 enabled a British subject desirous of marrying a foreigner in a foreign country to comply with the foreign law by obtaining from a registrar a certificate that no legal impediment to the marriage has been shown. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1906: The reform was, however, finally adopted in 1906 under the title of the Colonial Marriages (Deceased Wife's Sister) Act. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1907: Articles 144-226 of the Code Napoleon, as amended by an act of 1907, prescribe the qualifications and conditions of marriage. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
      • August 2, 1907: Since the papal decrees ne temere of the 2nd of August 1907, which came into force at Easter 1908) only granted on condition that the parties are married by a Catholic bishop, or a priest accredited by him, that no religious ceremony shall take place except in a Catholic church, and that all the children shall be brought up in the Roman Catholic faith.' In the absence of any impediment a marriage is according to the canon law completed between baptized persons by the facts of consent and consummation; the principle isstill maintained that the parties to the marriage, not the priest, are the "... - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
      • August 2, 1907: In Roman Catholic countries the parties usually supplement the obligatory civil marriage by a religious ceremony, more especially since the papal decree Ne temere of the 2nd of August 1907 (which came into force at Easter 1908), which requires marriages between Roman Catholics, or between Roman Catholics and those not professing that faith, to be celebrated before a bishop or priest duly authorized far the celebration thereof. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1908: The Naval Marriages Act 1908 authorizes, for the purpose of marriages in the United Kingdom, the publication of banns and the issue of certificates on board His Majesty's ships in certain cases, or when one of the parties to a marriage intended to be solemnized in the United Kingdom is an officer, seaman or marine, borne on the books of one of His Majesty's ships at sea. - Marriage, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1910s

      • 1912: "A bad marriage is like an electrical thrilling machine: it makes you dance, but you can't let go." - Marriage, Wikiquote.
    • 1920s

      • 1927: Rosalind developed close ties to the brothers and sometime after her marriage in 1927 to their associate, D. - Rosalind Rajagopal, Wikipedia.
    • 1930s

      • September, 1935: The Nazi ban on interracial marriage and interracial sex was enacted in September 1935 as part of the Nuremberg Laws, the Gesetz zum Schutze des deutschen Blutes und der deutschen Ehre (The Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour). - Miscegenation, Wikipedia.
    • 1940s

      • 1945: The War Brides Act of 1945 permitted soldiers to bring back their foreign wives and established precedent in naturalization through marriage. - Naturalization, Wikipedia.
      • 1949: Murdock in 1949, only the Caingang of Brazil had any group marriages at all. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
    • 1950s

    • 1960s

    • 1970s

      • 1970: With the advent of No-fault divorce in 1970, and the widespread acceptance of Birth control, the definition of traditional marriage has become less narrowly defined as a legal bond "between a man and a woman". - Marriage, Wikipedia.
    • 1980s

    • 1990s

      • 1992: In the United States, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that in 1992, 30.1 percent of births were to unmarried women. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
      • 1996: The Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, of 1996 uses this definition. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
      • 1996: The lawsuit, brought by the first state to legalize gay marriage, said the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) infringed on a state's sovereign right to define marital status. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
      • 1996: In the United States, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) explicitly defines marriage for the purposes of federal law as between a man and a woman and allows states to ignore same-sex marriages from other states (though states arguably could do this already). - Marriage, Wikipedia.
      • 1996: Three of those states have statutory language that pre-dates DOMA (enacted before 1996) defining marriage as such. - Marriage, Wikipedia.
  • 21st century







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