I recently wrote about how things aren’t going very swimmingly here and how there’s no sign of hope any time soon. However, tonight’s developments reminded me that there is some light at the end of the tunnel: today marks the birthday of the first Lebanese not born registered under a sect!
For those who don’t know or remember, this year witnessed something wonderful: the first couple tying the knot via civil marriage on Lebanese soil. Civil marriages have their share of perks over traditional marriages, including saving on the cost of the ceremony and actual process (yes, you actually see the money going into the priest’s pocket) and-best of all-the exclusion of the sectarian element this country’s known for. Unfortunately, the laws here prevent that happening, forcing many couples to travel to places like Cyprus. The couple in question, however, Nidal and Kholoud Darwish, took advantage of loopholes found in the laws, thereby-proverbially-providing some much-needed repairs to the sewage system that is this country. With the birth of their son, Ghadi, this country might just have the beacon of hope it so desperately needs.
Now, this isn’t to say that everything’s gonna be hunky-dory in no time and that all hopes and prayers have been immediately answered, but at least now there’s something to go on for the cynics and dreamers alike. Hopefully more people will follow their example and break the mold as the Darwishes have. So here’s to baby steps towards a better Lebanon.
Y’all take care now.
Source: http://www.annahar.com/article/78762-%D9%85%D9%88%D9%84%D9%88%D8%AF-%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%B0%D9%87%D8%A8 To those who can’t read Arabic, I apologize as this was the only source I could find