Israel Won’t Legalize Gay Marriage. Here’s Why


Enter the marriage conundrum. In Israel, all valid marriages conducted abroad are recognized by the state, and foreign same-sex marriages are recorded for statistical purposes. That means a gay couple that weds in, say, the Netherlands remains wed in Israel. But that doesn’t mean a gay couple in Tel Aviv can walk down to city hall and procure a marriage license. Marriage is an exclusively religious institution in Israel, with separate religious authorities for Jews and Muslims, Christians and Druze. For Israeli Jews, marriage policy is dictated by the Chief Rabbinate, which is under the exclusive control of the Orthodox—and firmly opposed to gay marriage. Since the country has no civil marriage, gay couples seeking to marry within the borders of Israel are out of luck (as are any Jewish Israelis seeking a non-Orthodox marriage ceremony) . . .

Altering the status quo, particularly concerning something as delicate as marriage, is the third rail of Israeli politics. This is not only because of the power and importance of ultra-Orthodox parties in the Israeli political system, but also due to a fear that changing the status quo would lead to the encroachment of secular values upon the religious—and vice-versa. Among Israel’s many political parties, only Meretz—a left-wing, social democratic faction—proposes to upend the status quo entirely by separating religion from state and legalising civil marriage . . .

But these proposals will almost certainly fail. Under the terms of the current coalition agreement, Jewish Home—a right-wing, religious Zionist party—not only controls the Ministry of Religious Services but insisted on a clause that mandates that all governing parties must be in agreement when it comes to changing the balance between religion and state. And Jewish Home’s position on the matter is clear: “There’s not a chance we’ll allow civil unions for gay couples,” a senior party official told Ha’aretz.

We could set up a similar sort of system that there is in Israel here in the various U.S. States.

The Slate article is also incorrect about the people who are married in the Netherlands; their marriage is recorded by the Israeli Administration for Immigration for statistical purposes only. The marriage conducted in the Netherlands is not officially recognized by the State of Israel, according to the Wikipedia article about this topic.


I wish we could follow Israel’s example also.


Are you sure about that? How familiar are you with Israel’s example?


I am happy that “gay marriage” is unlikely to become legal in Israel.


Problem is that it’s legal here now, and getting rid of it is likely to require a Constitutional amendment.



Why would it require that when the decision wasn’t constitutional in the first place? The tenth amendment makes it clear that the federal government has no business meddling with a state issue. Not to mention the fact that the fourteenth amendment was twisted to fit their agenda.


I think the definition of sexual morality according to your average person has been evolving very fast, and most people see same sex marriage as a civil right. Gay marriage is just a side effect of the collapse of marriage due to things like divorce, contraception, birth control and such.

Peter Hitchens pretty much sums it up well. Watch 7:50 to 8:30 of this video.


For now. But the culture of death cannot sustain itself.

The entire cause is built on personal selfishness and lies.


from what I just read in post #1.


Well, the Israeli model is a twin of the now defunct anti-miscegenation model of the American south. Same-sex marriage would be the least of your concerns.


For sure, this continuing drama about wedding cakes is among the least of my concerns.


It’s unlikely to ever occur as well.


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