Non-Discrimination Bill Struck Down

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday struck down a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual identity.

IMG_5491-F-310x465Proposed legislation would make any law prohibiting discrimination based on gender, age, country of origin, etc. apply to LGBT people as well.

The bill was rejected by a large majority, despite many of the ministers being on record as supporting the LGBT community and a number having attended the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv last Friday.

Many of the Likud ministers who voted to strike the bill voted in favor of a similar proposal during the last Knesset. That effort was defeated in committee by Habayit Hayehudi and Yesh Atid.

The bill was submitted to the Knesset last week by MK Michal Rozin from Meretz (in the photo) as an amendment to the Equal Employment Opportunities Law. All legislation has to be approved by the ministerial committee before it can go to the Knesset.

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