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August 12, 1983 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-08-12

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20 Friday, August 12, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

NY Governor Signs Religious Divorce Bill Into Law

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second effort by New York
State Assemblyman Shel-
don Silver (D-Man.) to ob-
tain legislative relief for

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Mario Cuomo signed the
measure into law Monday.
Both the 1982 and the
1983 bills were approved by
the Assembly and State Se-
nate but Silver withdrew
his 1982 bill out of fear of a
veto by the governor,
though Silver was con-
vinced the bill was constitu-
tional.
Silver said the new law
provides a court-
enforceable mechanism
under which a spouse who
starts a civil proceeding to
annul a marriage or get a
divorce must declare, in a
sworn statement, that he or
she has taken, or will take,
prior to the entry of final
judgement for annulment or
divorce, all possible steps to
remove any barrier to the
defendant's re-marriage fol-
lowing the annulment or
divorce.
The Commission on
Legislation and Civic Ac-
tion of Agudath Israel of
Aermca, the Orthodox
agency, initiated the 1983
bill, as an effort to ease
the problem of those
Jews who could be bar-
red from marrying again
after a divorce.
For Orthodox Jews, this
becomes a reality if the hus-
band refuses to grant a
"get," thus blocking his
spouse from re-marrying. In
some cases, the wife refuses
to accept a "get," barring
her spouse from marrying
again.
The new law requires
that any marriage per-
formed by a clergyman
should not be terminated by
a civil court if there is any
barrier to re-marriage,
specifically, for an Orthodox
couple, a refusal by the hus-
band to give a "get" or, more
rarely, a refusal by the wife
to accept a "get."
If the clergyman who per-
formed the ceremony ver-
ifies that, to the best of his
knowledge, the plaintiff has
failed to act to remove the
barriers to re-marriage for
his or her spouse, the court
will refuse to grant an an-
nulment or divorce.
The bill was written.by
Nathan Lewin, of Wash-
ington, a leading con-
stitutional lawyer. In a
reply to a dissenting
brief, Lewin rejected the
opposition of the Ameri-
can Civil Liberties Union.
He declared the new law
does not violate the First
Amendment.
Both the American

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Jewish members of Con-
gress have inaugurated an
alternative to the prayer
breakfasts that are popular
with many Christian legis-
lators, the New York Times
reported. -
A group of six Con-
gressmen met in the Capitol
last week for a breakfast
seminar on Jewish life, cul-
ture and history with Rabbi
Jay Marcus of New York,
according to the Times. Rep.
Charles Schumer of Brook-
lyn, who organized the ses-
sion, plans to hold such
seminars bi-monthly, the
Times said.

Jewish Congress and the
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, the associa-
tion of Reform congrega-
tions, urged the governor to
veto the 1983 Silver bill on
grounds it was unconstitu-
tional.

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