Invalid Marriage Because a Religious Ceremony Was Not Performed

In Anonymous v. Anonymous, 49 NYS2d 314 [Bronx County 1944] the husband brought an action for an annulment wherein he advanced the theory that the parties' marriage was invalid because, inter alia, a religious ceremony was not performed after the civil ceremony as per the parties' agreement. The court rejected the husband's argument finding that "the law recognizes no privately imposed condition that would alter the marital status." (Id. at 316.) The court reasoned that marital "status is too much a matter of public concern to allow the parties to tinker with it according to their own notions of what is expedient and proper." (Id.)