Marriage Equality for Israel?
Legislation has been introduced to Israeli parliament (the Knesset) to deliver marriage rights to the nation’s LGBT couples.
The legislation introduced by the Yesh Atid Party aims to remove restrictions to allow for civil unions for all couples – gay or straight.
Currently there are no options for civil unions to be conducted in Israel as only the religious authorities can perform marriages.
The 15-page legislation does not use the word ‘marriage’ but instead asks for equal benefits and rights for all those entering into civil unions and specifies these unions as between ‘two human beings’.
“We have no argument or clash with the religious establishment, but we do need to provide a civic solution for every person, Jew or non-Jew, gay or straight,” Yair Lapid, Israel’s finance minister and chairman of Yesh Atid, said in a statement to Pink News. “One of the fundamental human rights is the right to love in any way that one sees fit.”
Same-sex marriages and civil unions conducted overseas are recognised by Israel.