Israel’s LGBTQ Community Protests Same-Sex Adoption Rejection

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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 […]

The Man Who Brought Gay Marriage to the United States Turns His Sights to Israel

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In June, A Wider Bridge brought Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that won marriage in the United States, to Israel. As part of the media coverage for his arrival, Wolfson gave an interview to Israeli paper Maariv. Read the interesting article. Evan Wolfson in Israel, 2017. (Photo: Ariel Besor) […]

Gay Marriage Around the World

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The Guardian Nigeria reviews the current status of gay marriage around the world; In the Middle East, Israel leads in terms of respect for homosexual rights. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has softened her opposition to gay marriage, which is legal in about 20 countries around the world, 13 of which are in Europe. Gay Marriage […]

79% of Israelis Back Gay Marriage or Civil Unions

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New survey on eve of Tel Aviv Pride Parade also finds 65% of voters for religious-nationalist Jewish Home party support changes Survey findings published the day before Friday’s Tel Aviv’s Pride Parade showed that an all-time high of 79 percent of Israelis support same-sex marriage or civil unions. The poll commissioned by the Hiddush organization […]

The Architect of Marriage Equality on Why the Freedom to Marry Is Going Global

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Days before Evan Wolfson goes on the plane to Israel to try to advance marriage equality there, journalist Mark Joseph Stern spoke with him about Taiwan, another country  he worked with, that finally ruled in favor of marriage equality this week. Evan Wolfson working with Taiwanese marriage equality advocates. On Wednesday, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled that […]

Why Orthodox synagogues should welcome gay couples

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Rabbi Dr Zev Farber, editor of, presents a halachic approach to the inclusion of same-sex couples in Orthodox communities. Orthodox Jewish homosexuals in committed relationships who wish to remain part of the community are often stuck having to leave the latter or hide the former. Many Orthodox communities are in a similar quandary, wishing […]

“Be Free Israel” Movement Encourages Gay Couples to Register

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A new online video the organization Israel Hofsheet (“Be Free Israel”) assists same-sex couples in registering as “known in public” (Israeli equivalent of Domestic Partnership). The movement now offers legal deposition for same-sex couples, and soon will also offer a certificate of cohabitation. Many same-sex couples are choosing to travel abroad and marry in another […]

High Court to Discuss Banned Ad Supporting Gay Marriage

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Broadcasting authority defends decision to demand cuts to ‘controversial’ parts of PSA about same-sex marriage and speaking Arabic in Israel. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel petitioned the High Court of Justice this week as the broadcasting authority refused to overturn its ban on a public service announcement in support of same-sex marriage and […]

Equality in Israeli Citizenship!

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Pathway to Israeli citizenship to be same for gay and heterosexual couples: Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit made the announcement in response to a court petition by the Gay Father’s Association, which welcomed the new policy. Udi Ledergor, chair of Israeli Gay Fathers organization and attorney Iris Sheinfeld Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced on Thursday that […]