There's something about a group of rabbis not allowing two people to marry each other for NOT BEING JEWISH ENOUGH that seems somewhat ironic. I may have hit Godwin's Law on this one, but it is incredibly hypocritical.
The uproar in question happened when Nico Tarosyan, a man who had moved to Israel from Russia, was deemed to be unfit to wed Olga Samosvastov who was, it seems, a "Proper Jew." *sigh*
So, what is it that they ended up doing? They said "Fuck you, we're marrying anyway!" Good for you both!
It is bad enough, I think, that marriage in Israel is solely at the discretion of the religious institutions.
But to give the power to the Ultra-Orthodox rabbis? Wow. Terrible idea.