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Jews in Hungary gain the right to marry without state permission

Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria, circa 1855, detail
11/29/1859
By imperial decree, Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria-Hungary abolished the requirement that Jews in Hungary gain the permission of the authorities before they marry.  The law was made retroactive so that many "unauthorized" unions became legal.  In a later loosening of the state grip, in January 1860 all restrictions on Jews testifying in court were also removed. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Raphael Patai, The Jews of Hungary: History, Culture, Society (Detroit,MI: Wayne State University Press, 1996), 302.

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