Marriage Act

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Marriage Act may refer to a number of pieces of legislation:

Australia[edit]

The Marriage Act 1961, Australia's law that governs legal marriage.

Canada[edit]

The Civil Marriage Act passed in Canada explicitly permitting same-sex marriages.

Hong Kong[edit]

Marriage Ordinance 1875
Marriage Reform Ordinance 1970

India[edit]

The Special Marriage Act, 1954
The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955

New Zealand[edit]

The Marriage Act 1854, first law in the colony governing marriage
The Marriage Act 1955
The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013

South Africa[edit]

The Marriage Act, 1961, and its amending acts:
The Marriage Amendment Act, 1964
The Marriage Amendment Act, 1968
The Marriage Amendment Act, 1970
The Marriage Amendment Act, 1972
The Marriage Amendment Act, 1973
The Marriage Amendment Act, 1981
The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 1998, which recognised marriages under African customary law
The Civil Union Act, 2006, which extended marriage to same-sex couples

United Kingdom[edit]

The Royal Marriages Act 1772 (E & W & S)
The Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act 1907 (7 Edw.7 c.47) (UK)

Extent unknown by author:

The Marriage Act 1811 or the Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811 (51 Geo.3 c.37) (the second short title was conferred by the Short Titles Act 1896, s.1 & first Sch.)
The Marriage Act 1823 (4 Geo.4 c.76) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage Act 1824 (5 Geo.4 c.32) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage Act 1835 (5 & 6 Will.4 c.54) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage Act 1836 (6 & 7 Will.4 c.85) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Births and Deaths Registration Act 1837 (7 Will.4 & 1 Vict. c.22) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage Act 1840 (3 & 4 Vict. c.72) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage (Society of Friends) Act 1860 (23 & 24 Vict. c.18) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage Confirmation Act 1860 (23 & 24 Vict. c.24) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Infant Marriage Act 1860 (23 & 24 Vict. c.83) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage (Society of Friends) Act 1872 (35 & 36 Vict. c.10) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Greek Marriages Act 1884 (47 & 48 Vict. c.20)
The Marriages Validity Act 1886 (49 & 50 Vict. c.3)
The Marriages Act 1886 (49 & 50 Vict. c.14)

The Marriage Acts 1811 to 1886 means the Marriage Act 1811, the Marriage Act 1823, the Marriage Act 1824, the Marriage Confirmation Act 1830, the Marriage Act 1835, the Marriage Act 1836, the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1837, the Marriage Act 1840, the Marriage and Registration Act 1856, the Marriage (Society of Friends) Act 1860, the Marriage Confirmation Act 1860, the Marriage (Society of Friends) Act 1872, the Greek Marriages Act 1884, the Marriages Validity Act 1886 and the Marriages Act 1886.[1]

The Marriage Acts 1811 to 1929 was the collective title of the Marriage Acts 1811 to 1898 and the Age of Marriage Act 1929 so far as it related to England.[2]

England and Wales[edit]

The Marriage Act 1540 (32 Hen.8 c.38)
The Clergy Marriage Act 1548 (2 & 3 Edw.6 c.21)
(No short title) (2 & 3 Edw.6 c.23) (Repealed by the Marriage Act 1949, s.79 & fifth Sch., Pt.I)
The Clergy Marriage Act 1551 (5 & 6 Edw.6 c.12)
The Marriage Act 1697, a penal law passed in 1697 discouraging interfaith marriages. All interfaith marriages would be considered legally Catholic. The married couple would have to live under the tough Catholic laws.
The Marriage Act 1753, which abolished common-law marriage in England and Wales
The Marriage Confirmation Act 1830 (11 Geo.4 & 1 Will.4 c.18) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Marriage and Registration Act 1856 (19 & 20 Vict. c.119) (short title: 1896 Act, s.1)
The Foreign Marriage Act 1892
The Marriage with Foreigners Act 1906
The Marriage of British Subjects (Facilities) Act 1915
The Marriage of British Subjects (Facilities) Amendment Act 1916
The Age of Marriage Act 1929 (19 & 20 Geo 5 c 36)
The Marriage Act 1939
The Foreign Marriage Act 1947
The Marriage Act 1949
The Marriage Act 1949 (Amendment) Act 1954
The Marriage Acts Amendment Act 1958
The Marriage (Secretaries of Synagogues) Act 1959
The Marriage (Enabling) Act 1960
The Marriage (Wales and Monmouthshire) Act 1962
The Marriage (Registrar General's Licence) Act 1970
The Marriage Act 1983
The Marriage (Prohibited Degrees of Relationship) Act 1986
The Marriage (Wales) Act 1986
The Foreign Marriage (Amendment) Act 1988
The Marriage (Registration of Buildings) Act 1990
The Marriage Act 1994
The Marriage Ceremony (Prescribed Words) Act 1996
The City of London (Approved Premises for Marriage) Act 1996
The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007
The Marriage (Wales) Act 2010
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

Scotland[edit]

The Marriage (Scotland) Act 1939
The Marriage (Scotland) Act 1956
The Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977
The Marriage (Scotland) Act 2002
The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

Northern Ireland[edit]

The Deceased Brother's Widow's Marriage Act (Northern Ireland) 1924
The Marriage (Declaration of Law) Act (Northern Ireland) 1944
The Age of Marriage Act (Northern Ireland) 1951

United States[edit]

The Affirmation of Marriage Act passed in Virginia
The Defense of Marriage Act passed in the United States to limit Federal marriage recognition to male-female couplings and thus proscribe the possibility of Federal same-sex marriage in the United States

See also[edit]

List of short titles

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Short Titles Act 1896, section 2(1) and second schedule.
  2. ^ The Age of Marriage Act 1929, section 3(1)