Marriage and Equality

Timothy Willem Jones

in Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199655106
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744952 | DOI:
Marriage and Equality

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This chapter provides a detailed examination of the Church’s involvement in three intertwined marriage law reform campaigns: divorce, polygamy, and the Deceased Wife’s Sister Act, and also considers the significance of the introduction of equal marriage vows in the 1927 Prayer Book. It reveals the influence of Anglo-Catholic sacramentalism on Anglican understandings of the marriage bond, and on the Church’s increased resistance to marriage law reform in the late nineteenth century.

Keywords: marriage; divorce; polygamy; incest; Deceased Wife’s Sister Act; Anglo-Catholicism; sacrament

Chapter.  11150 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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