Egyptian court allows Copts to remarry

09:12, May 31, 2010      

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Egypt's Higher Administrative Court has ordered the country's Coptic Orthodox Church to allow divorced Christians to remarry, Egyptian Gazette daily reported Sunday.

The court said it is unconstitutional and against the law to prevent second marriage for Egyptian Copts, the report said.

"A Christian can remarry according to Egyptian Law and the Constitution secures the right to form a family," the reported quoted a judge as saying.

An appeal by Pope Shenouda to prevent Copts from remarrying has been rejected, the judge added.

The Coptic Orthodox Church is the main Christian Church in Egypt. Divorce and remarriage are only permitted by it for the innocent party in cases of adultery or conversion. But this has been a controversial issue since 2008 after Egypt's Higher Civil Court ruled that Copts who had been through a civil divorce had the legal right to remarry.

Source: Xinhua
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