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Israeli High Court’s Shameful, Insulting Ruling on Marriage Equality

High Court’s excision of support for marriage equality from PSA is deceptive and unnecessary

In Israel in 2017 one cannot even dream of same-sex marriage. Thus decided the High Court of Justice, which struck down the term “to marry” from the sentence, “The right to love and to marry and to marry whom I choose, even if I’m gay,” in a public service announcement about human and civil rights by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. Justice Elyakim Rubinstein explained, “With regard to the right of a same-sex couple to marry there is controversy within the Israeli public and same-sex marriages are not recognized in Israel.”

ACRI petitioned the court in February after the Second Broadcast Authority refused to withdraw its objection to parts of the PSA. The solution, the High Court said, was to delete “to marry.” Everyone has the right to be gay, but not everyone has the right to marry.

The term had to be deleted, the court said, because it violates the rule under which “a broadcast licensee shall not air advertisements that convey a controversial political, social, public policy or economic message.” By that logic, it isn’t clear why the petition was only partially disallowed. After all, the court ruled that other text in the PSA that the Second Broadcast Authority deleted, such as “the right to speak Arabic without fear” and “there is no equality, freedom, or dignity in a place that doesn’t preserve human rights,” could be broadcast. Continue reading in Haaretz