Israel’s Supreme Court will consider legalizing gay marriage after a LGBTI rights NGO filed a ‘historic’ petition on Sunday (1 November).
The Israeli National LGBT Task Force said the fact that the court did not reject the petition outright was an encouraging sign.
Marriage in Israel is regulated by Jewish law, which forbids homosexuality – a system the group says discriminates against LGBTI people.
‘The reality we live in is absurd; on the one hand, the rabbinical courts do not recognize same-sex marriages, and on the other hand, are reluctant to give up the exclusive jurisdiction to recognize them. It’s time for members of the LGBT community to be citizens with equal rights,’ Oded Fried, executive director of the National LGBT Task Force, told The Jerusalem Post.
‘We demand that the state provide the basic and fundamental right to exercise our love for whomever we choose, and require legislation to allow gay marriage in Israel.’
If the proposal is not accepted by the court, the group said it would work towards abolishing Article 1 of the rabbinical courts, which states that all marriages between Jews in Israel must go through the religious courts.
Nine years ago, the same court recognized gay couples married abroad and ordered the then justice minister to consider legality of same-sex unions, but no progress has been made since.