Israeli Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Recognize Same Sex Marriage

Israel’s High Court of Justice rejected on Thursday a petition by the Israeli LGBT Association to recognize same-sex marriage.

Justices Elyakim Rubinstein (former deputy to the president), Neal Hendel and Anat Baron rejected the claim made in the petition that according to interpretations of the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, same-sex marriage should be recognized, and stated that there is no contradiction in the state’s current position regarding this issue.

The justices added that it is up to the legislators to determine regarding this matter, and not the Supreme Court.

It was stated in the verdict that because the Israeli law sees the rabbinical courts as the only authority when it comes to Jewish marriage in Israel, the appeal is wrong in its basis, because the Supreme Court is a civil court, and not a rabbinical one.

“Essentially, the petitioners are asking from the court to recognize same-sex marriage via legislation, despite the fact that they are not recognized by the Israeli law,” the verdict reads.

“On the matter of recognizing marriage that was not conducted in accordance to the religious law – and same-sex marriage among it – it was ruled [by the court] in the past that it is better that the issue would be determined by the legislative branch.” Continue reading in the Jerusalem