Israeli Supreme Court rules same-sex ‘marriage’ not a civil right

Sep 2, 2017 by

by Fr Mark Hodges, LifeSite:

The Israeli Supreme Court unanimously rejected homosexual “marriage.”

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Association in the Jewish nation demanded that the law against same-sex “marriage” be declared unconstitutional, but on Thursday the court turned them down. The LGBTQI organization argued that Israel’s Basic Law of Human Dignity and Liberty should be legally interpreted as recognizing homosexual “marriage.”

The country’s highest court agreed that “Israeli civil law does not recognize same-sex marriage.”  In fact, there is no such thing as “civil marriage” in the country.  Therefore, “the petitioners’ request to have the civil court rule on something under the jurisdiction of the rabbinical courts … is not applicable here.”

Israel has two coexisting court systems. Religious courts deal with “personal status” issues such as marriage, divorce, and the like. (There are Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Druze [a sect of Islam] courts in Israel.)

Civil courts deal with material disputes, criminal matters, and penalties. (Divorces go through the religious courts, but wives often initially file in the more female-friendly civil courts because whichever court first gets the case determines alimony and child support.)

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