Thousands of individuals have shown their support for equality in Israel following the passing of new legislation that denies access to surrogacy for gay male couples.
The demonstrations which saw Up to 100,000 people gathering in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to demand the inclusion of same-sex couples in a new law that made state supported surrogacy legal for unmarried women.
According to news reports, the demonstrations are said to be “the largest LGBT demonstration in the history of our country.” The Aguda (The Israeli National LGBT Task Force) say that there were other significant rallies outside Tel Aviv also including Jerusalem, Haifa, and Karmiel.
The protests were also supported by around 200 companies who showed their support for LGBTI rights by announcing that they would allow their employees to stay away from work to take part in the demonstration, which at one point shut down a major highway in Tel Aviv.
The new surrogacy law which was passed in Israel’s parliament, last week was supported by the nations Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who went against his word and voted against the proposed clause in the law that would have also allowed surrogacy for single fathers, and by extension male same-sex couples.
Netanyahu’s move has left him being accused of pandering to Orthodox opponents of the proposal in his coalition government, however, Netanyahu claimed he had no choice but to vote against the measure as the entire law would not have passed in parliament if it had been included.
While Israel is known as the most LGBTI accepting nation in the Middle East region with anti-discrimination laws in place, the nation is yet to progress in legalising same-sex marriage and gay adoption.
Last Updated on Jul 25, 2018