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Britain's House of Commons debates a bill to allow a man to marry his deceased wife's sister

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02/19/1862
For several years, lawmakers had been seeking a "Marriage Affinity Act" which would allow a widower to marry his dead wife's sister.  Church of England doctrine forbid such unions as incestuous.  Monckton Miles, M.P. put forward a bill but an amendment to postpone action passed 148 to 116 and the legislation died.  It was not until passage in 1907 of the "Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act" that such unions were allowed under law in Britain.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1862 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1863), 39-40.
 
 

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