Civil marriage is the only way to safeguard basic human rights and these have to take precedence over other considerations .
Coercive religious marriage cannot be reconciled with human rights as it involves irreparable violations of the principles of equality and freedom of religion .
Democracy is obligated to safeguard the basic rights of its citizens, including the right to marry .Can the state promote values of the family even if in so doing it effects a limited infringement of rights.
Is the infringements of human rights resulting from the religious monopoly over marriage and divorce in Israel as Jewish state be proportionally balanced.
There are those who contend that maintaining Israel as a Jewish state is crucial. Others claim that human rights are being compromised more than necessary and propose various ways to balance the Jewish with the democratic character of the state. Three basic approaches to the solution of this challenge are discussed.