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Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, has announced that she is on Sunday to present to ministers a bill to allow civil unions for gay couples.
Israel: Justice Minister tables bill to allow same-sex civil unions

in ISRAEL, 18/06/2013

The bill to recognise same-sex civil unions would also include provisions for civil marriage for straight couples who do not meet the religious standards for marriage, which is currently the only form of marriage that can be performed within the State of Israel.

The bill, which is to be debated by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, was initiated by MK Meir Sheetrit of the Justice Minister’s Hatnua party.

It is expected to be broadly supported from the coalition, with members of the committee from Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beytenu and Likud, having expressed support for same-sex civil unions, reports the Times of Israel.

It has already been met with opposition from the Orthodox Jewish Home party, however, which has asserted that it will exercise its veto right to attempt to stop the bill from passing.

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