Tax credits bill for gay male couples passes preliminary hearing

A bill to give tax credits to gay male couples with children passed its preliminary hearing in Knesset Wednesday, following a raucous debate in the plenum.
The passage of the bill comes after the issue generated serious conflict within the coalition between Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi, which saw the national-religious party veto the bill because it objected to language in the bill which gave legal recognition to homosexual couples.
In a deal worked out Tuesday night, the two parties agreed to pass the bill in its preliminary reading and then to iron out the details during the committee process.
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