احوال شخصية (i.e. marriage, divorce, birth registration, child custody and burial). There can be severe consequences for people who cross the marriage divide- earlier this year a Sunni man who married a Druze women was attacked by his new wife’s family who cut off his penis.
One thing is for sure- Lebanon’s entrenched sectarianism ensures a debilitatingly permanent state of fragility and communal suspicion. People are asked their religious affiliation at job interviews even if they are not particularly religious in daily life. There is a lack of a coherent Lebanese national identity and seats in government are allotted along confessional lines. It is no surprise therefore that the political parties are merely manifestations of each sect, and that people invariably vote for their sectarian leader for fear of their sect losing influence. With laws that shape a person’s life so categorically along sectarian lines, it would be a sad irony Ghadi grows up to suffer alienation simply for not being pigeon-holed into one corner of society.