Ahmad Shoim, Surabaya – Indonesia is grappling with a shortage of religious marriage officiants, a pressing issue given the millions of wedding ceremonies held throughout the country ea
Marriage & The Family
September 14, 2023
July 29, 2023
Jakarta – Marriage between people of different faiths has become more difficult, if not impossible, following a Supreme Court circular letter telling district courts to stop giving legi
July 21, 2023
Jakarta – The Supreme Court of Indonesia has ruled that lower courts cannot accept requests to register marriages between people with different religious beliefs.
July 20, 2023
July 18, 2023
Sonny Dewi Judiasih and Deviana Yuanitasari, Bandung – Surrogate motherhood is prohibited in Indonesia but it exists nevertheless.
July 11, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – The National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has stated that prohibiting child marriage could help prevent stunting in children.
May 16, 2023
Danusha Jayawardana – An estimated 640 million girls and women in the world today were married in childhood, according to UNICEF.
May 8, 2023
Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports many countries are not making progress quickly enough to eradicate child marriage practices in the coming deca
April 8, 2023
Nur Rofiah – In Islam, clergymen interpret how marriage is done, sometimes allowing child brides. Clergywomen want substantive justice to stop the practice.
February 21, 2023
Could there be a time when no one in Bali is named Nyoman or Ketut?
February 2, 2023
Jakarta – It is hard to believe that in this day and age, the state is opposed to and obstructing any plans by two individuals of different faiths of getting married.
Nur Janti, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court on Tuesday upheld ambiguous provisions in the Marriage Law that often hinder interfaith marriages and make it hard for couples of different
January 31, 2023
Legally speaking, the state will continue to only recognize marriages between a man and a woman of the same religion, after the Constitutional Court (MK) today rejected a judicial revie
January 25, 2023
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday ecstatically reacted to reports suggesting that Indonesia's post-marriage pregnancy rate had swelled.
January 15, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (PPPA) Bintang Puspayoga affirmed that the government will tighten the dispensation for marriage applications to r
January 4, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia in the Bogor Regency, West Java, only officially register 45.21 percent of married couples in the regency as the rest are unregistered marriages,
December 1, 2022
Alfitria Nefi Pratiwi, Jakarta – Member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VIII, Bukhori Yusuf, denounced the Tangerang District Court's ruling that legalized interfaith m
September 15, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – Hasto Wardoyo, Head of National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN), said in a statement issued on Wednesday that a pre-conception examination before marriag
August 30, 2022
Jakarta – West Java Deputy Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum is proposing that husbands be allowed to be polygamous in order to bring down the number of HIV/AIDS sufferers among housewives.
It's absolutely mind-blowing that no one in the entire world has come up with the solutions West Java Vice Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum championed to eradicate HIV and AIDS.
July 5, 2022
Irfan Kamil, Jakarta – The government has asked the Constitutional Court (MK) to reject a judicial review of law Number 1/1974 on Marriage.
June 26, 2022
Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Muhadjir Effendy, has called for collaboration among parties, particularly parents, to prevent child
June 24, 2022
Several busybodies who appear to take offense to the marriage between an interfaith couple in Surabaya have filed a lawsuit against a court decision to uphold their union.
June 22, 2022
Widya Michella, Jakarta – The secretary general of the country's peak Islamic body the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI), Amirsyah Tambunan, is asking the Surabaya District Court to annul
June 21, 2022
It wasn't exactly done in the name of love, but the Surabaya District Court has given a landmark legal stamp for interfaith marriage.
June 17, 2022
A story about an alleged marriage con has become a hot topic in Indonesia as it involves a woman who said she only discovered her husband is actually a woman 10 months after their weddi
June 6, 2022
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court (MK) on Monday announced that it will soon hold plenary sessions for the judicial review application that was lodged against the Marr
June 4, 2022
Abdul Kadir, Suharto, Makassar, S Sulawesi – The South Sulawesi provincial government has launched the "South Sulawesi Free From Drugs, Find Drug-Free Sons-and Daughters-in Law" Movemen
May 17, 2022
A woman in the Cianjur regency of West Java was reportedly banished from her village after her neighbors found out about her polyandrous marriage with two men.
April 6, 2022
Evi Eliyanah and Nurenzia Yannuar – Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world. Almost 90% of its population, around 236.5 million people, are Muslim.
April 4, 2022
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Dili Archdiocese in Timor-Leste has established an ecclesiastical court to handle marriage-related cases including annulments.
March 29, 2022
Laras Susanti – In mid-March, one of President Joko Widodo's female special staffers, Ayu Kartika Dewi, sparked controversy across Indonesia.
March 15, 2022
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body has come under fire from rights activists for declaring an interfaith marriage between a Catholic man and a Muslim woman in
March 9, 2022
Asep Firmansyah, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Interfaith marriages could not be recognised and registered in local religious affairs offices, Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Zainut Tauhid S
March 8, 2022
Interfaith marriage is a grey, if controversial, area in legal and cultural terms in Indonesia.
February 8, 2022
Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – An Indonesian diocese has banned Catholics from carrying out a traditional marriage-related ritual involving animal sacrifice, saying it is contrary to the Catholi
February 7, 2022
A Catholic man is on a mission for love and the recognition of interfaith marriage in Indonesia, after he filed a judicial review against a legal hurdle for marrying his Muslim girlfrie
October 12, 2021
Dina Afrianty – On 23 September, Indonesia's second largest Islam-based political party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), sparked controversy by publicly recommending polygamy as par
September 2, 2021
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April 16, 2021
Antara, Jakarta – An anthropologist with the University of Indonesia (UI) Meutia Hatta Swasono on Wednesday expressed concern about polygamy and how it is solicited in current society t
March 23, 2021
A so-called spiritual guru in Bekasi who is in the spotlight for a cash multiplier scam is now facing additional charges related to underage marriage, as it has been revealed that his w
February 12, 2021
Shweta Sharma – A wedding planning company in Indonesia has come under fire for encouraging child marriages of girls as young as twelve years old, sparking outrage in the country.
February 11, 2021
Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesian police are investigating a wedding organiser that has promoted controversial child marriage as well as unregistered marriages.
November 8, 2020
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration may allow couples to hold their wedding receptions at multifunction halls starting next week.
October 27, 2020
Jakarta – The recent marriage of a 17-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) has put a spotlight on the high prevalence of child marriages in the province.
October 6, 2020
Jakarta – Women are the main target of the government's premarital programs for future brides and grooms as the women are expected to be the homemakers that give birth and nurture the c
September 21, 2020
Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has started to deliberate the controversial family resilience bill as lawmakers behind the bill, which is deemed by critics to inte
Jakarta – The House of Representatives' (DPR) Legislation Body (Baleg) has restarted deliberations on the Draft Law on Family Resilience which created a public controversy not long ago.
September 16, 2020
Though there have been tireless efforts to end child marriage in Indonesia, it appears that the country still has a long way to go to reach that ultimate goal.
September 1, 2020
Jakarta – The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry has said female civil servants are prohibited from practicing polyandry – taking more than one husband – after minister Tja