Lebanon first civil marriage not approved, minister says

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said the Justice Ministry did not approve a Lebanese couple's request for a civil marriage in the country.


“The Interior Ministry referred the marriage request to the Justice Ministry’s advisory panel, which studied the request and did not approve on it due to the absence of a law that regulates civil marriage,” Charbel told An-Nahar newspaper in remarks published Monday.


“Any similar request will not be [approved],” the minister also said, calling for a new law that regulates civil marriage.


“There must be a [law] to regulate the personal status, marriage and divorce as well inheritance and other similar issues,” Charbel added.


Last week, NOW reported on the first marriage contract to be signed between a Lebanese woman and man according to civil laws and with the support of a civil society activist.


Meanwhile, Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi told An-Nahar that he was unaware of the advisory panel’s rejection of the civil marriage request.


“I am not updated on the issue’s details, but I support optional civil marriage in principle,” the justice minister said.


“If there are no [laws] pertaining to civil marriage, I support finding such laws as soon as possible.”


Qortbawi also noted that he has not studied the civil marriage issue, and has not been briefed of the advisory panel’s justification of its rejection yet.

Any similar request will not be [approved].

  • nicolas.hayek

    Thank you for the info! I took the liberty of using them for my latest infographic on Civil Marriage in Lebanon (with crediting your site, of course). Be sure to check it on http://nicolashayek.me/civil-marriage-lebanon-infographic/ Thanks again!

    February 13, 2013

  • UKMarmar

    As long as these ridiculous laws exist the Lebanese (and Middle East) will remain in the dark ages and far from a civil society. It is insecurity and fear that allows these ridiculous draconian practices to remain in Arab society.

    January 22, 2013