Activists protest in support of civil marriage in Beirut, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hundreds of students and activists, many from the American University of Beirut, marched Sunday from the university campus to the Interior Ministry to demand that Lebanon support civil marriages.Protesters held banners targeting Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, who they accused of blocking official recognition of civil marriage contracts performed in Lebanon.The protest, which attracted activists from all ages and groups, was called for by several civil society organizations and two clubs at AUB, the Secular Club and the leftist Red Oak Club. Maalouf said that he, like many who support civil marriage, is not against religion but rather hopes that a secular framework can be established in Lebanon.But Sleem said that not all who advocate for civil marriage are strict secularists. Sleem said that student clubs and rights groups would continue to push for the recognition of civil marriages in Lebanon.
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