Just intermarried: Mixed-ethnicity couple rekindles struggle for civil marriage in Lebanon
A country with 18 recognized ethnic groups, Lebanon has traditionally banned civil marriage fearing it would undermine its volatile demographic balance.
"I hereby rule that any Muslim decision-maker in Lebanon, whether part of the legislative or executive branch, who agrees to pass a civil marriage law, will be considered as one who has rebelled against the Islamic faith. One should not wash his corpse or wrap him in a shroud, one should not pray for him and he shall not be buried in a Muslim cemetery."
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