News Brief 12/28/2011, Tevet 2, 5772
Knesset Supports "Open Marriage" Bill
The Knesset approved Wednesday evening a preliminary reading of the "Tzohar Law", which would allow for alternative marriages. The bill could potentially take away control of who can marry whom out of the hands of the official state Rabbinate which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Religious Services, and thus allow for alternative marriages. In this case, two people whom the Rabbinate rules that according to Jewish law cannot be married could opt for a different rabbi to marry them instead. 57 Members of Knesset supported the proposal and 15 opposed it.