Stand Up For Marriage Rights in Israel

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All marriages in Israel are governed by religious authorities – Jewish, Muslim, and Christian. For Jews, there is no alternative to an Orthodox marriage. Even Jews recognized as such by the state may be unable to marry in a Jewish ceremony if one or both parties fail to meet criteria of lineage or orthodoxy. The only exception is that those who declare no faith may marry each other without religious sanction. Same sex couples may not marry in Israel, though their marriages are recognized by the state if they marry elsewhere, nor can any couple seek a civil union.

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  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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