Activists protest in support of civil marriage in Beirut, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Future bloc MP Serge Torsarkissian submitted a civil marriage draft law to Parliament Tuesday, saying he hopes it will bring an end to ongoing debate on the issue.Civil marriage proponents maintain there is no need for a new law, as there is already a law permitting civil marriage in the country dating back to 1936 . Recently, some couples have managed to marry under the 1936 law – installed when Lebanon was a French colony – which legalizes civil marriages.Torsarkissian said he focused on trying to bridge the gap between secular and religious marriages by having the legislation require that neither person be committed to another marriage prior to a civil wedding.Torsarkissian's draft law explicitly differs from the civil marriage legislation already in the books in that couples are registered in their municipality, as opposed to the union needing simply to be witnessed by a public notary.Succariyeh also blamed influential high-ranking religious figures for the government's inability to pass a civil marriage law.
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