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Church marriage may be given legal status in Georgia

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/61185.htm Church marriage may be given legal status in Georgia Tbilisi, April 29, 2013 Recent months have seen more and more
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      Church marriage may be given legal status in Georgia
      Tbilisi, April 29, 2013

      Recent months have seen more and more calls for Church marriage to be
      given legal status in Georgia.

      "As a clergyman I would welcome it if Church marriage were given legal
      status in Georgia. There are regulations about the legal status of
      Church marriage in the legislation of many European countries, for
      example, in Greece. Thus, an official decision to provide Church
      marriage with a legal status will be a joyful event for myself as well
      as for the whole Orthodox flock," said Metropolitan Seraphim (Jojua) of
      Borjomi and Bakuriani in his interview with the Khronika newspaper.

      The head of the legal committee of the Georgian parliament Vakhtang
      Hmaladze explained in the interview with the same newspaper the
      government position on the issue, reports Blagovest.info.

      "Without legal status the duties that spouses take upon themselves are
      simply all invalid. Today, they only have legal status on the basis of
      civil marriage.

      However, many married Georgian couples live together after only a Church
      wedding and are not married legally. This is nothing to do with
      ignorance of civil marriage or a neglect of it; the reason is that
      Church marriage is a deeply rooted tradition in Georgia. From a legal
      point of view it is irrelevant if the question of legitimizing marriage
      is based on Church marriage or civil marriage. The main thing is that
      marriage should be documented. And then Church marriage can be granted
      full legal status," said Vahtang Hmaladze.

      The withdrawal of a Church wedding’s legal status is something that
      occurred under the Communist regime, but with the return of Church life
      in Georgia, many feel the time has come to return that status.
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