On Sunday Lebanese President Michel Sleiman expressed his support for a law allowing civil marriage, currently illegal in Lebanon, saying it will help build unity in the multi-faith Middle Eastern country.
President Michel Sleiman wrote in Arabic and English on his Facebook page: "We should work on drafting a civil marriage law. It is a very important step in eradicating sectarianism and solidifying national unity."
His views appeared alongside a photo of a man carrying his daughter on his shoulders at a rally. She is seen holding a stuffed animal and a sign reading "civil marriage, not civil war."
After only 4 hours online, Sleiman's post garnered more than 1,700 likes and provoked a string of comments, overwhelmingly in favour of the law.
Lebanese singer Elissa tweeted: "Might civil marriage encourage our politicians not to hide behind their fingers and enrich diversity in our beloved country."