Prime Minister Yair Lapid addressed an LGBTQ gathering on Saturday in what he said was the first appearance by an Israeli prime minister at an official event hosted by the gay community.
“Everyone has a fundamental right to be a parent and start a family,” he said at an event in Tel Aviv to mark 20 years of the founding of Israel Gay Youth, which serves LGBTQ youth in Israel. According to the Hebrew news site Ynet, the group also noted that Lapid’s visit was the first for a serving prime minister and was an important milestone.
“The Israeli government will stand against any display of violence or hatred” [LGBTQ] community,” Lapid said. “No one has a mandate over your body and certainly not over your emotions.”
The prime minister argued that a large majority of Israelis supported same-sex marriage, which is illegal in Israel, citing a 2019 polling Having said that, 78 percent believe same-sex marriage and civil unions should be legal.
“If most of the people are with us, why have all our bills got dropped or stuck? Why am I the first Israeli prime minister to attend a gay community event?” Lapid asked rhetorically, accusing other politicians of being “afraid” of supporting the change.
“Our mission as people who believe in respect and equality for everyone is to shout and fight for nothing less than homosexuality and racists. They are losing this war. They will remain racists and homophones, but their The children will no longer be there,” he said.
Before its collapse in June and the call for new elections, the government led by Lapid and then-prime minister Naftali Bennett did not work extensively on gay rights issues. The diverse parties in the coalition were often at odds with each other on the matter, although Health Minister Nitzen Horowitz and his leftist Meretz Party made equal rights for the LGBTQ community a central issue in their policies.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Health launched allowed to Same-sex couples, single men and transgender people to parent children through surrogacy, an option previously restricted to them in Israel. This decision was in line with the judgment of the High Court in this matter.
Surrogacy as a path to parenthood was open only to heterosexual married couples and single women who have a genetic link to the child. High Court of Justice last July Government That all laws denying same-sex couples and single men the right to surrogacy shall be null and void.
Horowitz also announced last August that all restrictions on blood donation from gay men would be lifted, a move that went into effect in October.