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Jewish Home Retracts Gay Benefits Veto

Bill giving equal tax benefits to gay parents will have preliminary vote Wednesday after Jewish Home removes veto.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 12/3/2013, 7:04 PM

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett
Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett
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The Jewish Home party has pulled its veto of a bill giving gay parents equal tax breaks to heterosexual parents, according to reports Tuesday by Maariv NRGThe controversial bill, submitted by the Yesh Atid party, was approved for Coalition support on Sunday by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation.

Jewish Home agreed to remove its veto at least for the preliminary reading, which will occur Wednesday in the full Knesset during which the bill will be voted on.

Afterwards Jewish Home and Yesh Atid have agreed to continue privately discussing the bill. Ties between the two parties have recently come in for criticism, as last week MK Shuli Muallem-Refaeli (Jewish Home) called the partnership a "mistake."

On Tuesday morning Jewish Home presented 3 alternate versions of the original proposed bill, each of which did not include the word "same-sex."

According to senior officials, Jewish Home rejects official recognition of "same-sex" couples in the Jewish state of Israel. Homosexual relationships are forbidden under Jewish law.

Meanwhile officials in the Coalition and in Yesh Atid confirmed that the bill will be passed in its preliminary reading Wednesday.

MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) previously said in issuing the veto that the bill "seeks to carry out additional and very meaningful changes in matters of religion and state, which must not be made upon a whim. Such changes will have far-reaching implications for Israeli society and the nation's character, and therefore, every small change in the matter requires in-depth thought and discussion that is meant to reach agreement, and not by force."