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MARRIAGE LAW   21

which is attendant upon hasty and thought-less action in entering upon this solemn and important contract.

There are difficulties in the way of further restrictions, but there can be little doubt that a more serious view of marriage and its obligations would do much to lessen the evils attendant upon the granting of divorces.

From the point of view of the State, marriage is a civil contract, and theoretically there is much to be said in favour of making a purely civil ceremony compulsory, leaving the parties to supplement this, if they desire, by religious rites, but in practice our law works well and it is certainly acceptable to the overwhelming majority of our people, who think, and think rightly, that a marriage should be "solemnized" rather than "celebrated."

Much has been said and written in favour of avoiding marriages of the "unfit," by requiring previous medical examination, or imposing other restrictions, but up to the present time the advocates of these methods have met with very little success, the general feeling being that the remedies proposed involve undue restraint and may be productive of more harm than benefit.


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