Is it Okay Getting Interfaith Marriage in Indonesia?


As a song lyrics said “God is one, we are not the same.” But, if God is indeed one, why interfaith marriages are difficult to realize in Indonesia? Every religion has its own rule, of course, about interfaith marriage. In Islam, the question answer is clear, it’s forbidden! But is it really impossible at all? Here will be explained deeply about this case.

1. Interfaith Marriage in Indonesia Law

Legal interpretations an argument is stated in the Compilation of Islamic Law (KHI) made based on Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 1 of 1990. In it is explained that marriage is considered null and void if couples are married with different religions.

But, in Marriage Law No. 1 of 1974, there is no prohibition on interfaith marriages. It only regulates how the marriage will take place, which must be in accordance with the respective religious laws.

2. Interfaith Marriage is possible in Indonesia

According to the Marriage Law, the legal basis for interfaith marriages also refers to the Human Rights Law No. 39 of 1999. It states that there are at least 60 civic civil rights that must not be intervened or reduced by anyone. Among them are a matter of choosing a partner, getting married, having a family, and having children.

It is believed that the rule of law constitutionally guarantees that there are no obstacles for married couples of different religions.

3. Conducting Marriage Procession

In this case, for example, Muslim and Christian couple carried out a marriage covenant and blessing. Even if an Islamic-Christian couple, the procession can be carried out in the same place, whether at home or in the Building. For Catholics, the blessing must be carried out in the Church, then for the marriage ceremony afterwards, it can be on the same day or on a different day.

4. Managing documents

The document that must be prepared is not much different from the marriage of a religious couple, such as:

  • Photocopy of the identity card of both prospective brides;
  • photocopy of ID of both parents of each bride and groom;
  • photocopy of ID of both witnesses;
  • photocopy of family card;
  • photocopy of birth certificate;
  • certificate of marriage status from the Kelurahan (single, widowed, or widower);
  • Parent’s approval letter,
  • Model N1, N2, N3, N4 letters from the Kelurahan;
  • color photographs 4×6 side by side;
  • A copy of a baptismal letter (for Christians / Catholics).

5. Areas that Allow the Recording of Different Religion Marriage

There are several areas where the Office of Population and Civil Registry are willing to register marriages of different religions. Some of these areas are such as Yogyakarta, Salatiga, Surabaya, and Denpasar. The problem is that if they want to be recorded in Yogya, Salatiga, Surabaya or Denpasar, one of them must have a local ID card.

6. Legality of Marriage Certificate

After recording, the couple will get a marriage certificate. Surely the marriage that was registered was a non-Islamic marriage. It is bbecause the Population and Civil Registry Office only has the authority to record marriages outside the Islamic way. In Islam, the path is to KUA. It’s just that, KUA does not accept interfaith marriages. The only chance is non-Muslim marriage.

Yes, it is not easy way to get married with different religion person. But if you have strong will to make it true and you’re sure that he/she is your true love, this complicated procedure is worthy.

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