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Israel tax break plan for gay parents torpedoed by religious MPs

in ISRAEL, 04/12/2013

A conservative religious party in the Israeli Government coalition has torpedoed efforts to provide same-sex parents with children with the same tax cuts offered to opposite-sex parents, using its veto power to sink the proposal.

The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party has used its veto power to block efforts to provide same-sex couples with kids with the same tax breaks given to families headed by heterosexual couples only a day after Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced plans to move forward with a bill.

Under the coalition deal struck with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, and the Hatnuah and Yisrael Beiteinu parties, Bayit Yehudi can veto any legislation regarding religion and the state put forward by the government.

Bayit Yehudi factional chairwoman Ayelet Shaked sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other factional leaders in the government following Lapid's announcement he would move forward with the bill.

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