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Allow British citizens living abroad to enter into Muslim marriages

Comment 6th July 2010

Allow British citizens living abroad to enter into Muslim marriages without restriction

In order to get married in Egypt you have to have a statement of no objection from your Embassy, basically stating you are free to marry. However the Embassy also insist that your partner is free to marry under British law. In Egypt the Ministry of Justice will not marry a British citizen without this paperwork. This means that a British Muslim woman wishing to marry an Egyptian Muslim man who is already married cannot do so.  Even though this is legal in Egypt and allowed under Islam. I think the law should replaced with one that says you only have to obey the British laws if you want your marriage to be registered in the UK.

Why does this matter?

It is a contravention of human rights not to allow a Muslim woman to get married under the rules of her faith and under the rules of the country she is living in. British laws should not be applied outside Britian

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