Israeli officials show support for marriage equality


At the end of October this year, the former President of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, showed his support for marriage equality in his new book “Human Dignity: The Constitutional Right and its Derivatives.” Barak writes that Israel opposing marriage equality is a violation of basic human rights for both homosexual couples and mixed faith couples.

Now the Israeli President Shimon Peres has made a similar declaration, showing his endorsement of marriage equality as the Knesset considers same-sex civil unions.

In an interview on Sunday with Ynet, Peres said, “Even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away [those]rights.” 

He continues, “We cannot take away someone’s rights because they are different. We cannot take away their right to breathe, right to eat or right to start a family. We must allow everyone to live as is natural to them.”

On October 29, Isreal’s Yesh Atid Party introduced a bill to establish same-sex civil unions in Israel, which would grant couples all the same rights as a marriage. If the bill passes, not only will it legalize same-sex civil unions but it will also allow civil marriages between heterosexual couples.

Currently, same-sex marriage is recognized in Israel but can only be performed outside the country.


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