"There ought to be two distinct kinds of marriage: one governed by the State with rules enforced on all citizens, the other governed by the Church with rules enforced by her on her own members."
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Lewis wrote these unintentionally prescient words regarding marriage in 1942. Little did he know that "on April 23, [1956,] he [would enter] into a civil marriage with Joy Davidman at the Oxford Registry Office for the purpose of conferring upon her the status of British citizenship in order to prevent her threatened deportation by British migration authorities" (C. S. Lewis Foundation website) and that on March 21, 1957, the Rev. Peter Bide would go "to the hospital and, at Lewis's request, ... [marry] Lewis and Joy" (Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman, p. 310), thus consecrating their vows in the eyes of the Anglican Church.