Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Egyptian Government Interferes in Church Marriage

Yesterday an Egyptian court rejected the Coptic Orthodox Church's challenge to a previous ruling requiring the Church of Alexandria to allow its members to divorce and remarry. Whereas divorce can happen quite quickly and easy in Muslim families (provided it's initiated by the husband), in Coptic Orthodoxy older, stricter customs regarding divorce are followed. The Egyptian government is currently drafting a new law regulating marriage and divorce among Egypt's non-Muslim minorities, who until now have been subject to their respective customary laws except in marriages involving members of different faiths, which fall under the jurisdiction of Islamic law. More here.

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