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Royal Marriages (Freedom of Religion) Bill


 

Royal Marriages (Freedom of Religion) Bill

 

 
 

Contents

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Marriage of members of Royal Family

2   

Roman Catholic consorts

3   

Amendment of Royal Marriages Act 1772

4   

Repeals

5   

Short title and extent

Schedule    —   

Repeals

 

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Royal Marriages (Freedom of Religion) Bill

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A

Bill

To

allow any member of the Royal Family to marry a person of any religion or

none. 

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 this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Marriage of members of Royal Family

Any member of the Royal Family may marry a person—

(a)   

of any religion, or

(b)   

of no religion.

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Roman Catholic consorts

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(1)   

The Bill of Rights (1 Will. & Mar. Sess. 2 c. 2) is amended as follows.

(2)   

In section 1, in the paragraph starting “Upon which their said Majestyes did

accepte the crowne”, omit the words “or shall marry a papist” and “or

marrying”.

(3)   

The Act of Settlement (1700 c. 2) is amended as follows.

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(4)   

In section 2 (The persons inheritable by this Act, holding communion with the

church of Rome, incapacitated as by the former Act; to take the oath at their

coronation, according to Stat 1, W & M c 6), omit the words “or shall marry a

papist”.

(5)   

The Union with Scotland Act 1706 (c. 11) is amended as follows.

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(6)   

In Article II (Succession to the monarchy), omit the words “and persons

marrying papists” and the words “or person marrying a papist”.

(7)   

The Union with England Act 1707 (c. 7) is amended as follows.

(8)   

In Article II, omit the words “and persons marrying papists” and the words “or

person marrying a papist”.

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Amendment of Royal Marriages Act 1772

(1)   

The Royal Marriages Act 1772 (12 Geo. 3 c. 11) is amended as follows.

(2)   

After section 2 insert—

“2A     

Power to withhold consent from or disapprove of marriage not to be

exercised so as to prevent royal marriage on grounds of spouse’s

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religion

Provided further that—

(a)   

the consent of His Majesty, his heirs and successors to an

intended marriage shall not be withheld on the grounds of the

religious beliefs, or lack of religious belief, of a person that is to

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marry a descendant of his late Majesty King George the Second;

and

(b)   

a resolution of either House of Parliament under section 2 to the

effect that an intended marriage be disapproved of on the

grounds of the religious beliefs, or lack of religious belief, of a

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person that is to marry a descendant of his late Majesty King

George the Second shall have no effect.”

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Repeals

The Schedule (which sets out repeals) has effect.

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Short title and extent

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(1)   

This Act may be cited as the Royal Marriages (Freedom of Religion) Act 2005.

(2)   

This Act extends to the United Kingdom only.

 
 

Royal Marriages (Freedom of Religion) Bill
Schedule — Repeals

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Schedule

Section 4

 

Repeals

 

Short title and chapter

Extent of repeal

 
 

Bill of Rights (1 Will. & Mar.

In section 1­, the words “or shall marry a papist”

 
 

Sess. 2 c. 2)

and “or marrying”.

 

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Act of Settlement (1700 c. 2)

In section 2, the words “or shall marry a papist”.

 
 

Union with Scotland Act 1706

In Article II, the words “and persons marrying

 
 

(c. 11)

papists” and the words “or person marrying a

 
   

papist”.

 
 

Union with England Act 1707

In Article II, the words “and persons marrying

 

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(c. 7)

papists” and the words “or person marrying a

 
   

papist”.

 
 

 

 
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