The draft law would apply to both Saudi men and women.
The secretary general of the council, Dr. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, said the law was approved after listening to the views of a special committee formed to study the issue, according the Saudi Press Agency.
The council also approved the marriage of Saudi citizens to foreigners born of Saudi mothers. Saudis previously could marry only foreigners with Saudi fathers.
The council said the amendments to the marriage law are designed to further gender equality.
The law stipulates that the government must approve all marriages under the new provisions. In addition, council officials stated that anyone who marries a non-Saudi citizen without obtaining a permit would be subject to a fine of $26,000.
(Mustapha Ajbaili, a senior editor at Al Arabiya English, can be reached at Mustapha.email@example.com)