Progressive groups petition to institute civil marriage

The Reform Movement in Israel filed a petition with the High Court on Monday demanding that the government institute a framework for civil marriage in Israel.

The Israel Religious Action Center, the Reform movement’s public and legal advocacy arm, along with 11 other organizations constituting the Forum for Free Choice in Marriage, submitted its petition calling on the government to create a mechanism for civil marriage. The petition states that “the fact that the Knesset has avoided legislating on the matter does not excuse the government from using its authority to prevent the ongoing violation of fundamental rights.”

It is estimated that there are more than 300,000 Israeli citizens and residents in Israel who are defined as being “without religious classification” and therefore cannot legally marry in the state since only religious institutions can perform marriages and most refuse to conduct marriages between interfaith couples.


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