Emily Murphy, "Article III: About Marriage
Settlements," ms. Courtesy of City of Edmonton Archives.
"The proper time to stay alimony and divorce is before
marriage—not after. This is very desirable and may be
furthered definitely by the enactment of just and equitable
In this respect, Mother Church is quite as much concerned
as the State but, unfortunately, she has never been an
exponent of equality in marriage so that it is to the State
we must look for assuagement and cure.
Although the Church may comfort and support the members
of a broken family in their period of distress, usually she
fails to tackle the actual causes. In this, the Church may
be said—albeit with respect—to have adopted the Feminist
attitude rather than that of the Suffragist. . . . Now, the
Feminist wishes to alter the conventions: the Suffragist
wishes to alter the law.
Instead of looking through a glass darkly, if the Church
would be pleased to take a keener cognizance of the changed
and difficult conditions of recent times, much of the
trouble would be obviated—truly, it would. To make this
assertion is to undoubtedly invite hostility but, maybe, the
suggestion is worthy of at least a casual consideration in
view of the fact that on this continent we are rapidly
approaching a marriageless age. As a contract, sacrament, or
whatever else you may wish to call it, matrimony today, is
steadily drifting to disintegration."