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14 March 388
Intermarriage Between Jews and Christians Forbidden by Emperor Theodosius

Intermarriage Between Jews and Christians Forbidden by Emperor Theodosius

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28 December 392
Emperor Theodosius I Decrees Jewish Marriage Customs are Now Abolished

Emperor Theodosius I Decrees Jewish Marriage Customs are Now Abolished

8 May 420
Christian Priests Forbidden from Living with Women Other than Wives & Immediate Family

Christian Priests Forbidden from Living with Women Other than Wives & Immediate Family

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7 June 421
Emperor Theodosius II Marries Pagan Aelia Eudocia Augusta

Emperor Theodosius II Marries Pagan Aelia Eudocia Augusta

24 April 858
Election of Pope Nicholas I - Will Assert Independence of the Papacy

Election of Pope Nicholas I - Will Assert Independence of the Papacy

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14 February 1076
Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV Excommunicated by Pope Gregory VII

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV Excommunicated by Pope Gregory VII

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24 November 1190
Conrad of Montferrat Marries a Reluctant Isabella

Conrad of Montferrat Marries a Reluctant Isabella

9 November 1225
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen Marries Yolanda of Jerusalem

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen Marries Yolanda of Jerusalem

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2 April 1285
Election of Pope Honorius IV, Last Pope to Have Been Married

Election of Pope Honorius IV, Last Pope to Have Been Married

3 April 1287
Death of Pope Honorius IV

Death of Pope Honorius IV

19 October 1469
Marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile

Marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile

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11 June 1509
King Henry VIII Weds Sister-in-Law Catherine of Aragon

King Henry VIII Weds Sister-in-Law Catherine of Aragon

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2 July 1522
Ulrich Zwingli Demands End to Celibacy for Priests

Ulrich Zwingli Demands End to Celibacy for Priests

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2 April 1524
Swiss Protestant Reformer Ulrich Zwingli, One Time Catholic Priest, Marries Long Time Love

Swiss Protestant Reformer Ulrich Zwingli, One Time Catholic Priest, Marries Long Time Love

13 June 1525
Martin Luther Marries Former Nun Katherine von Bora

Martin Luther Marries Former Nun Katherine von Bora

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5 January 1531
Pope Clement VII Forbids Henry VII Re-Marrying

Pope Clement VII Forbids Henry VII Re-Marrying

25 January 1533
Henry VIII Secretly Marries Anne Boleyn

Henry VIII Secretly Marries Anne Boleyn

13 April 1534
Thomas More Fails to Agree to Validity of Marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

Thomas More Fails to Agree to Validity of Marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

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30 May 1536
English King Henry VIII Marries Jane Seymour

English King Henry VIII Marries Jane Seymour

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7 December 1539
Martin Luther Gives Philip I Permission to Marry Second Wife

Martin Luther Gives Philip I Permission to Marry Second Wife

14 May 1650
Death Penalty for Adultery Passed by British Parliament

Death Penalty for Adultery Passed by British Parliament

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12 October 1810
First Oktoberfest Starts With Marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Bavaria

First Oktoberfest Starts With Marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Bavaria

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3 June 1862
Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act Prohibits Polygamy in U.S. Territories

Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act Prohibits Polygamy in U.S. Territories

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8 July 1862

Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act Targets Mormon Polygamy, Won't Be Enforced

7 April 1868
Brigham Young Marries Ann Eliza Webb, his 52nd Wife

Brigham Young Marries Ann Eliza Webb, his 52nd Wife

2 October 1871
Brigham Young is Arrested and Charged With 'Lascivious Cohabitation'

Brigham Young is Arrested and Charged With 'Lascivious Cohabitation'

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2 January 1872
Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

23 June 1874
Poland Act Gives Prosecution of Mormon Polygamy Higher Priority in U.S. Courts

Poland Act Gives Prosecution of Mormon Polygamy Higher Priority in U.S. Courts

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23 October 1874
Mormon George Reynolds Indicted for Bigamy

Mormon George Reynolds Indicted for Bigamy

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0 March 1875
Brigham Young Refuses Court Order to Pay Support to Wife Suing for Divorce

Brigham Young Refuses Court Order to Pay Support to Wife Suing for Divorce

30 October 1875
Mormon George Reynolds Indicted a Second Time for Bigamy

Mormon George Reynolds Indicted a Second Time for Bigamy

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11 April 1876
Friedrich Nietzsche Proposes Marriage to Mathilde Trampedach in Geneva

Friedrich Nietzsche Proposes Marriage to Mathilde Trampedach in Geneva

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6 January 1879

Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Mormon George Reynolds

16 February 1882
Edmunds Act Passed by U.S, Senate Aimed Prosecuting Mormon Polygamy

Edmunds Act Passed by U.S, Senate Aimed Prosecuting Mormon Polygamy

23 March 1882
Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act is Signed Making Polygamy a Federal Felony

Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act is Signed Making Polygamy a Federal Felony

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28 January 1885

Murphy v. Ramsey: Supreme Court Will Reject Challenge to the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act

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23 March 1885
Murphy v. Ramsey: Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act Challenged, Will Be Upheld

Murphy v. Ramsey: Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act Challenged, Will Be Upheld

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13 May 1885
Mormons Meet President Cleveland, Protest Prosecutions of Polygamists

Mormons Meet President Cleveland, Protest Prosecutions of Polygamists

19 February 1887
Congress Passes Revised Version of Edmunds-Tucker Bill to Undermine Mormon Church

Congress Passes Revised Version of Edmunds-Tucker Bill to Undermine Mormon Church

7 April 1889
Wilford Woodruff Elected Fourth President of Mormon Church

Wilford Woodruff Elected Fourth President of Mormon Church

24 September 1890
Polygamy is Officially Renounced by Mormon Church & President Wilford Woodruff

Polygamy is Officially Renounced by Mormon Church & President Wilford Woodruff

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25 September 1890
Manifesto Released by Mormon President Wilford Woodruff on Abandoning Polygamy

Manifesto Released by Mormon President Wilford Woodruff on Abandoning Polygamy

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6 October 1890
Mormon Church Adopts Wilford Woodruff's Manifesto Banning Polygamy

Mormon Church Adopts Wilford Woodruff's Manifesto Banning Polygamy

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5 January 1893
Amnesty Declared For Mormons Who Violated Polygamy Laws

Amnesty Declared For Mormons Who Violated Polygamy Laws

16 July 1894
President Cleveland Signs Law Setting Conditions for Utah to Become a State

President Cleveland Signs Law Setting Conditions for Utah to Become a State

5 November 1895
Utah Voters Ratify Seventh Attempt at a State Constitution

Utah Voters Ratify Seventh Attempt at a State Constitution

2 September 1898
Death of Wilford Woodruff, Fourth President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Death of Wilford Woodruff, Fourth President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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2 August 1907

Vatican: Catholic Marriages Only Valid When Performed by Catholic Priests

12 September 1922
Episcopal Church Votes to Remove Word 'Obey' From Brides' Marriage Vows

Episcopal Church Votes to Remove Word 'Obey' From Brides' Marriage Vows

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1 December 1930
N.Y. Bishop Manning Stops Lecture by Judge Who Advocates Companionate Marriage

N.Y. Bishop Manning Stops Lecture by Judge Who Advocates Companionate Marriage

 
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