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.