Former Kadima head Tzipi Livni on Friday praised US President Barack Obama for his recent statement of support for the LGBTQ community to legally marry.

Speaking at Tel Aviv's Park Meir at the start of the Gay Pride March, Livni said "This year the United States ambassador was invited to the festivities, and he arrived. And this is no coincidence. I have a feeling that he was invited in order to symbolize and strengthen [US] President Obama's decision to recognize same-sex unions."

"The decision was not taken lightly, even in the United States. But there they have a leadership that knows how to make courageous decisions even at a political cost. And that is what is necessary in Israel as well," she said.

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