Is Interfaith Marriage Possible in Indonesia?

Daud Sihombing | CRCS | Article

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On June 18 2015, the Constitutional Court rejected the judicial review on Article 2 (1) of the Government Regulation No. 1/1974 about Marriage that was proposed by three graduates and one student of University of Indonesia from Law Department. The judicial review was proposed in order to guarantee the legal law for interreligious marriage. The common interpretation of the ambiguous Article 2 (1) of the Regulation is that interreligious marriage is impossible in Indonesia. The previous article that is published by Magdalene generally tells about the same understanding.

As it so happened, I recently conducted my class assignment about interreligious marriage in Indonesia or to be specific in Yogyakarta. I would like to introduce to you, the two people who informed me on this matter, and who is also an interfaith couple, Sak Liung (a Buddhist) and Friska Widhiyati (a Catholic). They got married in 2013 in St. Antonius Church, Yogyakarta. They wedded in a Catholic ceremony, but it did not involve converting Sak Liung into Catholicism. He also did not need to change his religion on his identity card. They told me that the church gave a dispensation for Catholics who want to marry non-Catholics.

In order to get a legal recognition from the state, the church testified to give evidence that the marriage was already officiated in a Catholic ceremony to the Population and Civil Registration Agency in Yogyakarta, so the state can issue the marriage certificate.

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Daud Sihombing is a 25 years old photographer who is continuing his studies at the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta.



  1. Donna

    25 March 2018

    Selamat pagi, Saya mahasiswa psikologi Udayana, ingin bertanya apakah ada referensi terkait pernikahan beda agama dari sudut pandang psikologis? Terima kasih

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