Supreme Court permits civil marriage in Israel by way of Zoom

Mar 19, 2023 | blog

Israel’s Supreme Court in the present day dismissed a petition filed by the state in opposition to an administrative court docket ruling instructing the registrar of the Population Registry to report marriages of {couples} who married by way of video convention calls and obtained marriage certificates from the State of Utah within the US.

The significance of in the present day’s ruling is that the Population Authority is obliged to register {couples} who married on-line abroad, despite the fact that they had been bodily in Israel in the course of the marriage ceremony ceremony. “Utah marriages” are weddings by way of by way of a video convention name which can be performed in Utah, and have enabled a whole lot of Israeli {couples} to marry at dwelling while not having to journey to the US.

The three Supreme Court judges dominated unanimously that the registrar should report the marriages within the Population Registry.

The authentic petition to the executive court docket had been filed by Hiddush for Religious Freedom & Equality along with eight {couples} who had married in a civil ceremony in Utah by way of Zoom.

Hiddush government director Rabbi Uri Regev stated, “We welcome the ruling of the Supreme Court, which opens another channel of marriage for the citizens and residents of Israel, in a reality where the State of Israel is the only Western democracy in the world that denies its citizens freedom of marriage, due to the demand of the religious parties.”

He added, “It is important to understand that, on the one hand, the ruling is not a legal innovation, but a continuation of a consistent rule that the court has been following for 60 years. On the other hand, it is about opening wide gates for Israeli couples who want to exercise their right to marry, either because the State of Israel prevents from marrying or because it denies them the possibility of marrying in an egalitarian ceremony that suits their world view and lifestyle and this is due to the religious coercion that still exists in the country, contrary to the will of a large majority of the Jewish public in Israel.”

Published by Globes, Israel enterprise information – – on March 7, 2023.

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