Lapid working to pass civil, gay marriage in Israel

May 18, 2013 18:54

Finance Minister Yair Lapid is working to build a “coalition within the coalition” to create a civil alternative to religious marriage in Israel, including gay marriage.

In a question and answer session on his Facebook page Thursday night, Lapid told a questioner that he was "definitely" planning on advancing the civil marriage issue.

"I'm a big supporter of civil marriage," Lapid said. "We're working to create a coalition within the coalition. Yisrael Beytenu is for it, other parties less. We'll battle for this and work for it tirelessly, for civil marriage, including marriages for same-sex couples in Israel, simply because it's the just and right thing to do."

"The rabbinate can't have a monopoly on marriage and divorce. People need there to be an alternative," he added.

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