Gay pride in Israel (Jerusalem) 311.
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A new bill that seeks to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation
will be brought to a vote by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on
The initiative, proposed by MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), would
require that sexual orientation and gender identification be added to any
existing law forbidding discrimination for other reasons.
laws, including the Equal Opportunity in Employment Law, already include this
As such, separate bills to change each law would not be
necessary, and it would apply to all future laws prohibiting discrimination,
even if sexual orientation is not specifically mentioned.
“In light of
the constant harm to the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual] community
because of their sexual preferences or gender identity, the time has come to fix
the law,” Horowitz, who is gay, explained.
The Meretz MK, who said that
he represents a large community that suffers from inequality, is helping in the
gay community’s legal battle.
He expressed hope that the bill will pass
and have an educational and social influence.
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