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New Court Decision Allows Israeli Citizens to register Utah Online Marriages!
On July 10, 2022, the high court struck down the ban that disallowed registration of online marriages performed via Utah County digital marriage licenses. This is an exciting development as it allows a whole new landscape of marriages to be legally recognized in Israel. Utah Online Weddings and Rev. Heron are very excited to start helping couples in Israel with their leap over the bureaucratic hurdles that have been previously in their way.
Read more about the legal decision to allow registration for Utah online marriages:
Israel has long been a place where it can be notoriously difficult to get married, especially if a couple is same sex, of mixed religion, atheist, or has some other hurdle. For decades, there has been no option for a simple civil marriage, and so thousands of couples every year have resorted to destination weddings where they get married in another country and then return to register their new relationship status in Israel.
At the height of the pandemic, there was no option for travel, and several hundred couples found that they could marry online with a digital Utah wedding license. The latest statistics from Utah County showed that of the 500-some couples who wed in this manner, nearly 30% were a same sex relationship.
The hopes and dreams of these couples ground to a halt within a few months, however, when a court decision from Israel in January of 2021 halted the registration of online marriages performed with these Utah wedding licenses.
February 18, 2022 – Hiddush – Civil Marriage – are we getting closer?
March 8, 2021 – Washington Post – Barred from marrying by the rabbis, Israelis find a pandemic workaround — in Utah
January 19, 2021 – Salt Lake Tribune – Marriages online: Utah County’s system a hit with Israeli couples
July 2022 – Legal Online Weddings in Israel
July 17, 2022 – Jerusalem Post – Utah marriage ruling isn’t civil marriage in Israel, but it’s progress
July 16, 2022 – Jerusalem Post – Lod court’s Utah marriage ruling is a landmark for civil marriage – opinion
July 11, 2022 – The Jewish Chronicle – Fury of orthodox leaders as Israeli courts allow secular weddings in Israel for the first time
July 10, 2022 – i24 News – Israeli Court Recognizes Online Civil Marriage as Valid
July 10, 2022 – Jerusalem Post – Israeli court decision recognizes marriages performed in Utah by video
July 10, 2022 – Hiddush – Court orders the State of Israel to register Utah online marriages