Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 3 years ago

why isn't gay marriage legal in Israel?

gay marriage is legal in Australia, Canada and even the united states.

so why not Israel?

Update:

isn't Israel a secular democratic country though?

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  • 3 years ago
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    Because the government in Israel doesn't decide what marriages are legal or illegal. Israel hands off responsibility for marriage and divorce law to religious leaders, there are different laws for each religion. For example, that means that Catholics can't divorce their spouses, Protestants can, and Jewish men can decide to divorce their wives even if their wife wants to stay married, but Jewish women can't force their husbands to divorce.

    Other than prohibiting bigamy, the government basically stays out of it.

    • abdul
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      3 years agoReport

      Islam allows a man 4 wives. Many Muslims there too.

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  • 3 years ago

    They don't even let Muslims or Christians marry Jews. Mixed couples generally head for Cyprus to marry and then try to get the marriage recognized by Israel.

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  • Jeff D
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    3 years ago

    Gay marriage is only legal in about two dozen countries. It isn't legal anywhere in the middle east.

    • StephenG
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      3 years agoReport

      its 26 actually

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  • Joe
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    3 years ago

    The way Israel's parliament (The Knesset) works, even the largest party (Likud) can not form a government without coalition partners. Pretty much every Israeli governing coalition has had to include at least the largest ultra-Orthodox party (Shas). Shas insists on control of marriage laws, even if they go against what the majority of Israelis want.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Leviticus is pretty clear about homosexuality being a no-no, and Judaism is big on the Torah/Pentateuch of which Leviticus is a part.

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  • 3 years ago

    Israel is a Jewish country. Jews tend to be against it on religious grounds. They dont handcuff gay people and throw them off buildings though. So swings and roundabouts.

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  • 3 years ago

    Because they don’t want it to be.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Orthodox Rabbis

    Israel was the first nation in the World to Permit gays in the Military (1985)

    Some conditions: you could not be an officer, you could not serve in the Air Force or the Navy, and you could not serve in a sensitive position such as Military Intelligence

    Israel has this massive conflict between the 70% that is secular and the 30% that is Orthodox.

    The Founders of Israel were basically socialists who weren't all that religious.

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  • 3 years ago

    Because it is against the Laws of Judaism, and Israel is a Jewish national state. Same reason why it isn't legal in Any Middle Eastern Country.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Jewish Religion of Peace

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