Activists carry banners during a protest demanding the legalization of civil marriage in Lebanon, at Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Pro-civil marriage activists rejected an announcement by the Interior Ministry Monday stating that Lebanon cannot recognize civil marriages registered on its territories due to the absence of an official law governing the process.Husseini explained that civil marriage contracts performed in Lebanon had proven to be legal under Lebanese law and the Interior Ministry could not refuse to register a legal marriage that is accepted by the Justice Ministry.A statement from the Interior Ministry said that the 1936 law, which pro-civil marriage activists say legalizes civil marriage, also stipulates the need for an official mechanism regulating the practice of civil marriage.The couple went on to have a child who became the first child to be born from a civil marriage registered in Lebanon.Since their marriage, Husseini said seven other civil marriage contracts had been issued in Lebanon.
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