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Israel tax break plan for gay parents torpedoed by religious MPs

A conservative religious party in the Israeli Government coalition has torpedoed efforts to provide same-sex parents with children with the same tax cuts offered to opposite-sex parents, using its veto power to sink the proposal

Israel tax break plan for gay parents torpedoed by religious MPs

The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party has used its veto power to block efforts to provide same-sex couples with kids with the same tax breaks given to families headed by heterosexual couples only a day after Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced plans to move forward with a bill.

Under the coalition deal struck with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, and the Hatnuah and Yisrael Beiteinu parties, Bayit Yehudi can veto any legislation regarding religion and the state put forward by the government.

Bayit Yehudi factional chairwoman Ayelet Shaked sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other factional leaders in the government following Lapid’s announcement he would move forward with the bill.

‘Such changes will have serious ramifications on Israeli society and the country’s character,’ Shaked wrote.

‘Therefore, any small change must be reviewed in-depth and passed through agreements.’

Bayit Yehudi have also promised to veto any attempt to allow civil unions for same-sex couples while it remains a part of the coalition.

Yesh Atid Member of the Knesset Karin Elharar attacked Bayit Yehudi for vetoing the bill, according to the Jerusalem Post.

‘It’s hard to believe that during International Human Rights Week, in the year 2013, we still need to argue about equality in the State of Israel,’ Elharar said.

‘There is no connection between tax benefits and religion and state.’