State given more time to respond to petition against rabbis

The High Court of Justice has decided to grant the State a month’s postponement for its reply in the petition against the Chief Rabbinate and four city rabbis, who allegedly repeatedly refused to grant marriage licenses to Israelis who converted to Judaism in Orthodox religious courts recognized by the state.
It was announced Tuesday that the rabbinate had requested that the court grant it more time to respond.
The petition was filed a month ago by Alina and Maxim Sardiyokov, a convert to Judaism and her husband, ITIM – The Jewish Life Information Center, and three other public petitioners, including Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Elazar Stern.
The High Court tends to grant the State additional time for responses when requested, especially in initial stages of procedures.
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