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2005/01/13

Marriage in Upper Canada

A little on the history of marriage in early Canada:
"Despite Simcoe's continuing opposition, the second session [of the first Parliament of Upper Canada, 1794] carried through a bill on the marriage question , which the Lieutenant-Governor reluctantly approved. . . it provided for the future that justices of the peace might solemnize marriage, according to the form of the Church of England, when the parties lived more than eighteen miles from an Anglican clergyman in a District containing fewer than five such clergymen. . . So limited a measure, passed only because Simcoe would have vetoed a more liberal one, inevitably excited much objection in a province with a non-Anglican majority. Petitions were received from both Presbyterians and Baptists, asking for their clergy the right to perform marriages, but Simcoe denounced these as disloyal and wicked." (From Gerald M. Craig, Upper Canada: The Formative Years 1784-1841, pp. 30-31)

The right to solemnize marriages was not granted to all denominations until 1831.

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