THE MARRIAGE VOW.
We recently were informed by cable that a London suffragette who wbs getting married "objected to make the usual promise to "obey" her husband, and it was announced that the service would be altered m order to comply with her views. At the last moment, however, as doubt was thrown upon the validity of a marriage that might be solemnised with a mutilated service, it was agreed to read the full service, but the officiating clergyman expressed a hope "that before long there may be an amended form of service which shall render it possible for Christian people without hurt to their susceptibilities, .and, as we believe, m the true spirit of the Gospel of Christ." The bride was Miss Una Dugdale, a neice of Viscount Peel. When the criticised passage m the service—"to love, cherish, and to obey"—was reached, the bride's voice, was too low for the congregation to hear the actual words, but those near the altar afterwards declared that Miss Dugdale- had not proaouueed the'word "obey.": The bridegroom, confirmed the statement. "The chaplain j.". he said, " iised the words' '* amt" obey '" but the bride' did not repeat them after him. We consider that we have made our protest." The bride's mother stated m an interview that her daughter did not use the word <( obey." This incident seems to show that the advent of woman m rthe political sphere: has the effect of cultivating m her a sense of honour of a higher standard than has hitherto prevailed. Most women of the old school take the vow to "obey" without turning a hair, and immediately after, and for all time, completely ignore it.
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THE MARRIAGE VOW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXII, Issue 8314, 1 March 1912
THE MARRIAGE VOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXII, Issue 8314, 1 March 1912
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