The Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing marriage equality in the US could pass in the Knesset in Israel, Oded Frid, director-general of the Israeli National LGBT Task Force, said Monday.
Bills have been proposed on the matter by Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie. Neither bill is expected to attract a majority.
But in an interview with Voice of Israel radio, Frid said he is still optimistic.
“We are very happy for our friends in the US,” Frid said. “I am optimistic about it happening in Israel, even though the situation here is different because we don’t have a constitution and we have a rabbinic court system. The ruling will echo throughout the world that there must be equality, that LGBTQ people are not different than heterosexuals and should not be treated differently than other people.”
Frid explained his optimism by saying that over the last five years, every survey in Israel has found 60 percent in favor of equal rights for LGBT people, including marriage equality.