ANGLICAN MARRIAGE Dr Richard Sturt, OBE Registrar of Canterbury Diocese 26 March 2009 PART 1 Legislative background Statutory Provisions The Marriage Act 1949 deals with authorisation, solemnisation and registration of marriages Also deals with restrictions (consanguinity, polygamy and age)
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Dr Richard Sturt, OBE
Registrar of Canterbury Diocese
26 March 2009
The Marriage Act 1949 deals with authorisation, solemnisation and registration of marriages
Also deals with restrictions (consanguinity, polygamy and age)
Deals with Anglican marriages, civil marriages in register offices, marriages in registered (religious but not Anglican) buildings, or in approved premises, marriages in military chapels, marriages of housebound and detained persons, and Quaker and Jewish marriages
It also contains a list of offences which can be committed by celebrants
Canons B30-B36 deal with marriage in accordance with the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England (Anglican marriage). B30.1-2 says:
B 30 Of Holy Matrimony
B 31.1 No person who is under 16 years of age shall marry, and all marriages purported to be made between persons either of whom is under 16 years of age are void.
B 32 No minister shall solemnize matrimony between two persons either of whom (not being a widow or widower) is under 18 years of age otherwise than in accordance with the requirements of the law relating to the consent of parents or guardians in the case of the marriage of a person under 18 years of age.
A man may not marry his
father’s father’s wife
mother’s father’s wife
wife’s daughter’s daughter
wife’s son’s daughter
A woman may not marry her
father’s mother’s husband
mother’s mother’s husband
husband’s daughter’s son
husband’s son’s son
It is still in the discretion of the parish priest whether or not he/she wishes to marry the couple, one of whom is divorced. There are guidelines and the matter can be referred to the Bishop, and must be so referred if a CML is needed.
A person intending to be married has the same right to be married in a parish church, centre of worship or authorised chapel with which he/she has a qualifying connection, as he/she has to be married in the church/PCW/chapel of the parish/district in which he/she resides or which is his/her usual place of worship.
“Qualifying connection” with a parish/district means:
Church of England Marriage Measure 2008, s. 1(3)(a)-(e)
Void marriages – S. 25 Marriage Act 1949: where parties knowingly marry in the following circumstances:
Where they knowingly and wilfully consent to or acquiesce in the solemnisation of marriage by person not in Holy Orders
A criminal offence, punishable by imprisonment is committed by any person who knowingly and wilfully: