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CHAPTER I.
THE MARRIAGE LAW.

There is no such institution in Ontario as a "civil marriage." Marriage must be solemnized according to the rites of some church or religious denomination. Apparently the right to solemnize marriage is not con-fined to the clergy or ministers of Christian churches or denominations; no question has ever been raised, for example, as to the validity of Jewish marriages. But the person solemnizing the marriage must be a resident of Ontario and must be registered by the authorities of the church, religious denomination or congregation to which he belongs with the Provincial Secretary, who issues the certificates of such registrations to the Provincial Registrar. A registration will be annulled on notice to the Provincial Secretary of revocation of authority from the church or congregation, and after notice of cancellation in the Ontario Gazette the right to solemnize

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