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Civil marriage resurfaces as hot topic in Lebanon’s politics

Newly appointed Minister of Interior Raya al-Hassan recently said she will engage a serious dialogue on civil marriage in Lebanon, which sparked backlash from religious authorities.

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s debate over the legalization of civil marriage was once again brought to the forefront after newly appointed Interior Minister Raya El Hassan vocalized her support to instate nonreligious unions, a practice strictly prohibited by religious leaders of all sects.

In a televised interview with Euronews Feb. 15, Hassan said that she would “try to make room for a serious and deep discussion” on a “framework for civil marriage.” The minister’s words quickly drew fire from religious authorities and political figures.

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