Tuesday, January 30, 2007

First registered gay marriage in Israel.

Israel has officially registered its first gay married couple. Three months ago the Israeli High Court ruled that gay couples legally married outside Israel can register with the Interior Ministry.

With some distinct theocratic tendencies Israel does not have civil marriages only religious ones even though many Jews are secular and not religious. But it does recognize the marriage of any citizen that takes place outside Israel. So many Israeli couples fly out of the country to legally marry. Canada is a popular destination because neither partner needs to be a citizen in order to marry.

Binyamin and Avi Rose married last June in Toronto. They are now the first married gay couple in Israel.

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