Supreme Court to consider same-sex marriage petition

Following historic US decision, Israeli LGBT association hopes to win a similar legal battle and bypass the religious establishment.

“It’s too early to tell if it would be a historical moment for the LGBT community in Israel, but I can definitely say that this is a historical moment for me. To my first Supreme Court petition and to the equality in marriage in Israel. Amen!” – Imri Kalman, co-chair of the Aguda, on Facebook

The Israeli GLBT Association submitted a petition to the Supreme Court this weekend demanding that the state allow gay marriage in Israel.

While same-sex Israelis couples who wed abroad can be legally recognized as being married in Israel, the state does not allow them to get married in their home country.

The US Supreme Court ruling this year that made same-sex marriages the law of the land inspired Hen Arieli and Imri Kalmann, leaders in the association, who told Ynet what led them to submit the petition.

“When a Cohen (a person whose ancestors were allegedly members of Judaism’s priestly class) and a divorcee arrive at the rabbinate and want to get married, the rabbinate says, ‘we do not have the authority to judge this case’ because it doesn’t want to marry them for halachic (Jewish religious law) reasons,” they said.

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