Inspired by US President Barack Obama's declaration of support for same-sex marriages, MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) resubmitted his marriage equality bill, which will be brought to a vote in the Knesset next week.
Horowitz's "Freedom of Choice in Marriage" bill would allow for any couple that is not recognized by the Chief Rabbinate to have a civil marriage. This includes same-sex marriages, as well as marriage between Jews and gentiles.
On Monday, Obama said in an interview with ABC: "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
"Hundreds of thousands of Israelis cannot realize their right to be married in their own country, and must be wed abroad, which is very expensive, all because of blatant religious coercion," Horowitz said.
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