Saturday, November 19, 2005

Redefining marriage in Israel

When it comes to Jewish tradition, expect the Israeli Supreme Court to go the other way.


..Five Israeli gay couples who got hitched in Canada under its 2003 gay-marriage law asked judges in Israel last week to order authorities to recognize their unions as binding. Israeli law is strict on matrimony, going so far as to bar unions between Jews and non-Jews. But authorities do recognize mixed couples who tie the knot abroad, a legal custom that the couples' lawyer now wants applied to gay unions.
The stakes are mainly political. Israel already has labor laws and court judgments extending benefits to same-sex partners. But in a country where religious parties usually wield enough power to make or break ruling coalitions, a liberal decision by the bench could trigger a political backlash from ultra-Orthodox members of Parliament.

"We made the decision to marry knowing it would spark a battle in Israel," Yosi BenAri, a petitioner, told NEWSWEEty out there much more detailed and better written than mine but I just wanted to skim through my impressions of it.

All I can say at this point that Mr Darcy's phrase of his revelation being in love with Elizabeth "you have bewitched me body and sould" will stay with me for a while in my world of dreams and hopes.

If you see this movie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

If you see this movie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 2:44 PM


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