A licence which couples must obtain before getting married, except in civil marriage by certificate or church marriage authorized by the publication of banns.
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- The applicants in that case went to the High Court, by way of a test case, seeking a decision as to whether same-sex couples could lawfully obtain a marriage licence.
- On 27 November 1582, the clerk noted in the Episcopal Register of the Diocese of Worcester the application for a special marriage licence inter Willelmum Shaxpere et Annam Whateley de Temple Grafton.
- The couple returned from their honeymoon to find their marriage licence wasn't completed and they weren't actually married.