In a recent piece on The Atlantic, the website took a look at the Druze faith, which has some very interesting rules when it comes to marriage, and it goes well beyond simply trying to avoid the divorce papers.
“This desire to marry someone within the faith is not just a preference — the religion prohibits exogamy. If a Druze marries a non-Druze, it will not be a Druze wedding, nor can the couple’s children be Druze — the religion can only be passed on through birth to two Druze parents. There are no conversions into the Druze faith.
“Occasionally, high-profile cases of Druze marrying outside the faith pop up — for example, the recent engagement of Amal Alamuddin, who is Druze, and the actor George Clooney. Since Clooney cannot convert, and because he’s not Druze, the couple cannot have Druze children, which many, including Alamuddin’s grandmother, are not entirely happy about.
“Muakkassa, of the American Druze Society, said that marrying someone non-Druze would never have been an option for her. ‘It would have come down to marrying Druze, or not marrying at all,’ she said.”
The Case For Marrying In Your Faith
Traditional statistics have shown that sharing the same faith alone is not an indicator that the marriage will avoid divorce forms. However, when you dig a little deeper, there is a hopeful trend for religious people — Druze, or otherwise — and that trend is this: if you attend church regularly or are active in your faith to similar degrees rather than simply identifying with it, you have a much smaller chance of getting a divorce.
Researchers believe that this is because of the marriage components that most religions promote. Whether Jewish or Christian or Muslim, most followers are taught to revere marriage. If you have two people that buy in to that equally, then they’re as cooperative with making the marriage work as two people seeking an uncontested divorce are at ending their union with minimal conflict.
Did you marry someone within your specific faith — if not, do you wish that you had?