Lebanese women in white gowns and men dressed in suits staged mock weddings in central Beirut in an effort to persuade authorities to sanction the concept of a civil marriage. Dancing and singing the crowd of civil rights activists made their way to parliament in order to hand over a petition urging the legalization of civil marriage in a nation that frowns upon such ideas. There are about 18 religious communities in Lebanon and the arrangement is allowing each to decide the process of marriage based on their religious views. This might fit well if every person belonged to a specific religion but thousands have also married across religious lines which creates a twilight zone of uncertainty regarding who sanctions such marriages?
At present, the only recourse for such couples is to hop a plane and go to another country in order to marry. Common sense will never triumph over religious beliefs.