Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Elizabeth's views on divorce stirs controversy

October 20, 1949

Princess Elizabeth, the heiress presumptive to the British throne, stated today that "divorce threatens stability of British family life."
Britain's Marriage Reform Committee has deplored the Princess' comments. "We have observed the statement with regret." The committee's goal is to reform Britain's marriage laws. But the Marriage Guidance Council, which has more than 100 branches throughout the country, welcomed the Princess' comments. The group's general secretary said that the Princess' words, which were made to the Mothers Union, "was very much to the point, and we would like to hear more speakers like her."
The Marriage Reform Committee's statement was also unusual, according to the Associated Press, which noted that "ordinarily the only Britons who criticize members of the royal family are the relatively few antiroyalists or Communists."
In other news, the Labor Government promised "to outlaw slot machines dispensing contraceptives."

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