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    confirm or deny, but as far as I know, rabbinical courts are not considered "courts of competent jurisdiction" under civil law.  If a judge in district court grants you a divorce, you're divorced for all legal purposes.  In the case of a rabbinical court, a Get may be required if you want a rabbi to marry you again, but there's no legal obstacle to you getting married again in general.  The Catholic church has the same sort of arrangement if I remember right.  You're not divorced in the view of the Church, no matter what the state says, without going through the Church's proceedings.  But for any legal purpose, you're now an unmarried person.

    Now that doesn't stop individual judges (as in this case) from imposing their religions beliefs on parties to a legal action, and it certainly doesn't keep them from allowing their religion to influence their decisions.  But to quote Thomas Jefferson "Christianity is not now and has never been a part of the common law".

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 06:43:29 AM PDT

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