Justice Ministry drafts civil marriage bill

Monday, July 03, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Justice Minister Haim Ramon intends to present a bill to the Knesset, drafted by the Justice Ministry, pushing for civil marriages for couples, which cannot marry according to Jewish Law. The law is aimed at solving a long-time crisis for some 300,000 Israelis who cannot marry in Israel because one partner is not Jewish. The bill is expected to offer the same benefits to couples married under Jewish Law except that in the event of divorce, the case would be handled by the family courts and not the religious courts. Two years ago a similar marriage bill was drafted, but eventually fell apart.

Justice Minister Haim Ramon intends to present a bill to the Knesset, drafted by the Justice Ministry, pushing for civil marriages for couples, which cannot marry according to Jewish Law. The law is aimed at solving a long-time crisis for some 300,000 Israelis who cannot marry in Israel because one partner is not Jewish. The bill is expected to offer the same benefits to couples married under Jewish Law except that in the event of divorce, the case would be handled by the family courts and not the religious courts. Two years ago a similar marriage bill was drafted, but eventually fell apart.

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