Isreal OKed Gay Marriage?
Earlier, I came across this piece of unprecedented news (well, something I don't expect to take place in the land of God) " ...
Two Gay Couples Ask High Court to Recognize Marriages ..." and it ended with "Under the 40-year-old Isreali court ruling, the newlyweds can then return (from abroad) and be registered as married by the interior ministry with no question asked."
Here is the the preceeding story ...
by Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent
Two homosexual couples who registered for civil marriage in Canada petitioned the High Court of Justice on Monday, asking that the Interior Ministry recognize their union.
The couples argues that the Interior Ministry’s refusal to recognize their marriage violates their rights to equal treatment and family life, and is based on "the outlook of a homophobic society."
The first couple are Yossi Ben-Ari, 51, a stage and costume designer, and Lorain Shcuman, 41, a translator of French literature into Hebrew. The two have been together since 1987, and married in Canada in November 2003. Their marriage certificate was approved by the Canadian Foreign Ministry, the Canadian embassy in Israel, and the Israeli consul in Toronto.
The second couple are Yosef Bar-Lev, 38, a folk-dancing instructor, and Yaron Lahav, 28, a personal trainer. The two met in May of 1998, and began living together in September of that year. In May of 2003, they were also married in Canada, and their marriage certificate was also approved by the Israeli consul in Canada, Avi Lev-Louis.
After they returned to Israel, the couples asked the Population Registry, a branch of the Interior Ministry, to register them as married in Israel. Last month, the director of registry’s Tel Aviv office replied to the two requests.
"As you know, marriages of this kind are not recognized as legal in Israel, and it is therefore not permitted to register you as requested," he wrote.
In their petitions, submitted by Dan Yakir of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the couples argue that according to the High Court’s rulings, the Population Administration cannot make use of religious considerations when approached to change a person’s status in its registry following an action recognized abroad, in spite of the fact that Israel does not recognize same-sex marriages that take place within the state.
The petitioners emphasize that the state prevents same-sex couples from marrying in their own country, where they are surrounded by their loved ones, and forces them to travel abroad ...
I wish them luck. Not that I am a gay but I think their case is relatively important to the development of mankind as 80% of the world is one way or another influenced by the Semitic religions. So I imagine the verdict on this pair of Jewish gay couple is going to have profound impact on the rest of the world, particularly to the Catholics and Muslims.
"No one else can rewrite the Holy Books except The Chosen Ones? You bet ..."