Same-sex marriage is not legal in Israel. The Israeli Government has registered "Homosexual rights in israel" marriages performed abroad for some purposes since However, since the state has yet to legalize civil marriage in Israel, those who choose to get married must turn to one of the 15 religious marriage courts recognized by the state.
As of [update]none of these 15 religious courts permit same-sex marriage under their respective auspices. Consequently, Israelis who desire to have their same-sex marriage recognized by the Israeli Government must first marry outside Israel, in a jurisdiction where such marriages are legal, and then register upon returning home. The religious authority for Jewish marriages is the Chief Rabbinate of Israeland there are parallel authorities for ChristiansMuslims and Druzewith a total of 15 religious courts.
These regulate all marriages and divorces for their own communities. Currently, they all oppose same-sex marriages. If the views of one of these bodies were to change, however, it would be legal for members of that religious community to enter into same-sex marriages in Israel.
Same-sex wedding ceremonies without legal significance can be conducted in Israel,  which, coupled with legally recognized foreign marriages, allows for both same-sex wedding ceremonies in Israel and legal recognition of same-sex marriages in Israel, on condition that the marriage certificates come from another country.
The traditional verse for wedding ceremonies from Psalm"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither Same-sex marriages Homosexual rights in israel abroad in a jurisdiction where such marriages are legal can be recorded at the Israeli Administration of Border Crossings, Population and Immigrationaccording to a November High Court of Justice ruling which defined such records as strictly "for statistical purposes", thereby avoiding official recognition of same-sex marriages by the state.
The case was filed by five male Israeli couples married in Canada. The ruling was strongly condemned by conservative politicians, including by United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafniwho called the ruling "the destruction of the family unit in the state of Israel".
In Decembera Ramat Gan family court granted a same-sex married couple a legal divorce. In DecemberAttorney General Avichai Mandelblit issued an instruction to Israel's Interior Ministry to consider applications for citizenship by same-sex and opposite-sex couples equally under the same terms. Homosexual rights in israel same-sex spouse of an Israeli will now be able to claim Israeli citizenship at the same speed as an opposite-sex spouse. Previously, same-sex couples had to wait up to seven years, and would generally only be granted permanent residency, rather than citizenship.
The process was far quicker for opposite-sex couples. Despite the fact that same-sex marriage or opposite-sex civil marriage is not legal in Israel, unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples have equal access to many of the rights of marriage in the form Homosexual rights in israel unregistered cohabitation status, similar to common-law marriage.
In FebruaryMK Nitzan Horowitz Meretz introduced a civil marriage bill which included provisions for same-sex marriages.
The law allows couples to form a civil union in Israel if they are both registered as officially not belonging to any religion. The couple, however, has to be an opposite-sex couple. In JuneHatnuah MKs, led by Justice Minister Tzipi Livniintroduced a bill that would have provided for civil unions in Israel for both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
On 8 Julythe Knesset rejected the civil union bill proposed by Yesh Atid and the civil marriage bill proposed by Meretz.
The Knesset voted to reject the two bills. A same-sex marriage bill failed in the Knesset in June by three votes, 42 to The bill's sponsor, MK Stav Shaffir from The Zionist Unionblamed its failure on MKs from the Coalition Government who promised publicly that they would vote in favor, but instead chose to vote against or abstain from voting.
In Novemberthe National LGBT Taskforce of Israel petitioned
Homosexual rights in israel Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage in the country, arguing that the refusal of the rabbinical court to recognize same-sex marriage should not prevent civil courts from performing same-sex marriages. The court did not immediately rule against the validity of the petition.
Political parties represented in the Knesset as of that have expressed support for same-sex marriage include LaborYesh AtidHatnuahMeretzHadash and Kulanu. President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage in Mayopposition leader and Labor Party head Shelly YachimovichVice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon of the governing Likud party,   and many other ministers and parliament members of both the coalition and opposition announced that they agreed.
Following general elections intwo same-sex Homosexual rights in israel supporting parties entered the governing coalition: Yesh Atid and Hatnuah. Meretz and Hadash have long had gay divisions. InKadimaled by Tzipi Livni, became the first major party of the center to establish a gay division.
Labor and Likud soon followed suit. In Mayfollowing Ireland's
Homosexual rights in israel of same-sex marriage through popular voteHuldai reiterated his support, calling on the Government to act on the issue. A majority of Shas and United Torah Judaism voters were against recognizing same-sex unions. The margin of error was 4.
Additionally, 59 Knesset members MKs responded to the survey. Of these, 47 expressed support for same-sex marriage, while the remaining 12 expressed their opposition. When divided by political parties, all Meretz and Labor lawmakers responded and answered "yes" when asked if they support same-sex marriage. Kulanu had two supportive MKs, with the rest not responding. The Joint List had two in support, five in opposition and six who didn't answer. No Yisrael Beiteinu lawmaker responded to the survey.
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