An Act for extending the Hours within which Marriages may be lawfully solemnized.
[10th May1886.]


Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in the present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows :

1.-(1.) From and after the passing of this Act it shall be lawful to solemnize a marriage at any time between the hours of eight in the forenoon and three in the afternoon.
(2.) Section twenty-one of the Act of the fourth year of King George the Fourth, chapter seventy-six, for amending the laws respecting the solemnization of marriages in England, which provides for the punishment of persons solemnizing matrimony during unlawful hours, shall have effect as if the words “eight in the forenoon and three in the afternoon” were substituted therein for the words “eight and twelve o’clock in the forenoon,” and no person shall be subject to any proceedings in any court, ecclesiastical or temporal, for solemnizing matrimony between the aforesaid hours of eight in the forenoon and three in the afternoon.
2. This Act shall not extend to Scotland or Ireland.
3. This Act may be cited as the Marriage Act, 1886.



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