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12   LAWS OF ONTARIO

marriage ceases. A person not registered, or whose authority has been revoked, incurs a penalty of five hundred dollars, and in addition is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, should he or she attempt to solemnize marriage. The very wise and necessary provisions as to registration were enacted in 1921. There had been up to that time much uncertainty and doubt as to the validity of marriages solemnized by ministers sometimes self-appointed, and moreover it was considered highly undesirable that so important a matter should be left without further legislative safeguards.

In 1921 the restriction of the right to solemnize marriage to men was repealed. Down to that time women could not perform the ceremony.

Subject to the provisions as to registration marriage may be solemnized by the ministers and clergymen of every church and religious denomination duly ordained or appointed according to the rites or ceremonies of the church or denomination to which they respectively belong.

The marriage law contains special provi-


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