Sunday, February 25, 2007

Jewish Groups Testify In Favor Of Maryland Divorce Bill

The Institute for Public Affairs reports that last Thursday, representatives of a number of Jewish organizations testified before the Maryland legislature in favor of pending bills that would require courts to refuse to grant a civil divorce where Jewish husbands had not given their wives a religious divorce document ("get"). (See prior posting.) An opinion letter from Maryland's attorney general says that the legislation does not violate the Establishment Clause. Here is the written testimony presented by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.