The Daily Star featured an article by Nadim Houry (head of the Beirut office of Human Rights Watch) about a draft law introduced by Minister Shakib Kortbawi, that will allow couples in Lebanon to marry under the a civil law without leaving the country or having to cross out their religion on their civil records.
At first, this sounds exciting and you might want to celebrate or cancel that Cyrpus trip, but no. The draft law will basically play a somewhat “LibanPost” role, by allowing you to choose any foreign civil law by which to marry, as long as the law does not contradict “public order and general morals.” (So, don’t start getting all excited about same sex marriage and all). And this LibanPost service will cost you $333 for the religious court.
You might ask why that $333 and what the hell the religious court and the clregy have to do with my civil marriage? Well Minister Kortbawi will answer you:
“It’s not our job to cut everything from them [the religious courts], because also, they need money. This is to tell them, ‘This is not against you.’
Seriously? So, every couple is legally bribing the clergy into this marriage! From what it looks like, Minister Kortbawi just wants you to cancel that Cyprus trip! He doesn’t want to grant you a real civil marriage, he is just micro managing your pocket and shutting up the clergy with $333.
No Hope what so ever for this country! No hope!