The Israeli government’s statement to a Supreme Court petition, which opposed allowing same-sex couples to adopt in the country, caused a stir and is currently one of the biggest news stories there.
What made the news even more controversial, is that the government did say that it will now allow common-law heterosexual couples who have been living together for three years to adopt children in Israel.
Celebrities, law makers and leaders in the LGBTQ community lead a harsh response to the state’s decision, and are continuously speaking out for full equality for LGBTQ people, putting the straggle of the community in the top of Israeli daily discourse.
Harel Skaat speaks to the straight people
Gay singer Harel Skaat was shocked and angered by the state’s words, and in a passionate post on Facebook talked about the contribution that gay people make to the state while the state makes it clear that it discriminates against them. To his surprise, some of his words turned into controversial headlines, such as “Israeli Pop Star to Gay Youth: Don’t Enlist in IDF.” He later posted a video clarifying his words.
“Our community, on a daily basis, is being humiliated, being discriminated against,” Harel said. “The community functions like a punching bag for the state, which proudly hosts Pride Parade with millions of people, to show the world that Israel is very democratic and accepting, and with love. But on a daily basis and when it comes to our rights- this is where we are screwed.
“I don’t see any reason why people who fly planes in the IDF, people who sit in the Knesset, people who are your brothers, your friends, your teachers, people who make you happy and who you love – there’s no reason in the world for them not to have equal rights like you. This is where my cry comes from. This is where my pain comes from.”
MK Amir Ohana goes on strike
Likud MK Amir Ohana said he will no longer vote with the coalition until the welfare and justice ministries rescind their recommendation against allowing gay couples to adopt under Israeli law.
Amir posted a photo of himself with his partner and their kids and wrote, “In the picture you see a dream come true. Ella and David, who together with my partner, my soul lover and my heart, Haddad. Not frivolously, nor easily. We did it because of the love in our hearts, the hope and the dream – it gave us no rest. No welfare official can say we do not do everything, but e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, to see a smile on their faces, to give them the best we can. Material and emotional. No one can claim that these children, who are our oxygen and we are theirs, do not get everything that children need to get – especially warmth and love in tons.”