Berri: Civil Marriage Not on the Table, Can't be Tolerated

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The issue of legalizing optional civil marriage in Lebanon is “not on the table and no one tolerates it,” Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Tuesday.

“Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan did not say anything wrong. She only said that she would hold consultations over the issue,” Berri added, responding to a question during a meeting with a delegation from the Press Syndicate.

Al-Hassan's remarks have stirred renewed debate in Lebanon over the thorny issue, after the minister said she would seek “serious and profound dialogue over the topic with all religious authorities and other officials.”

Dar al-Fatwa, Lebanon's highest Sunni Muslim religious authority, has warned that civil marriage “totally contradicts with the rules of Islamic sharia and also violates the stipulations of the Lebanese constitution.”

Civil unions still have no clear legal basis in Lebanon, a multi-confessional country of some four million people. Most faiths have their own regulations governing marriage, divorce and inheritance, and mixed Christian-Muslim weddings in Lebanon are discouraged unless one of the spouses converts.

Lebanese authorities recognize civil marriages registered abroad, and it has become common for mixed-faith couples to marry in nearby Cyprus.

Former president Elias Hrawi in 1998 proposed a civil marriage law, which gained approval from the Cabinet only to be halted amid widespread opposition from the country’s religious authorities.

And in a country rife with deep-rooted sectarian tensions, many still oppose such unions, with some Muslims arguing that civil marriage is contrary to Islamic law and some Christians having concerns that such a law would diminish Christian presence in Lebanon.

Comments 7
Thumb whyaskwhy 19 February 2019, 17:12

So no go as the Mullahs will not tolerate religious tolerance is what hes saying. Mabrook Lebanon let your Gods help you now..... Lubnanistan is here.

Thumb chrisrushlau 19 February 2019, 17:48

Does Hezbullah have a position on the issue? Supporting civil marriage would be a quick and easy way for them to organize a civil rights movement aimed at abolishing Constitutional Article 24's set-aside of half of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies to Christians.

Missing bigjohn 19 February 2019, 22:35

They are less critical than others, but I can not imagine they would support civil marriage.

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 February 2019, 18:25

As you know Berry would not speak out without consult Kizballah who would be very much against civil marriage. Just imagine an Iranian claiming to marry a Christian and you would see the instant storming of the Bastille!

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 February 2019, 21:56

Ali go play in the busy street leave the site to adults or at least people who can make up their own minds and not be told what to do daily. Kizballah is Lebanon's #1 enemy Israel runs a distant second ya dweeb.

Missing bigjohn 19 February 2019, 22:32

The Lebanese need to stop voting for sectarian parties and vote for Progressive secular parties to have civil marriage.

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 February 2019, 18:54

Progressive parties like Kizballah or Amal ya little Hussain? or maybe the SSNP or hizb al Baath?