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Justice Minister supports Israeli joint life law for same-sex couples

Oct. 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM

JERUSALEM, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Israeli Justice Ministry is promoting a bill that would give equal rights to gay couples, a document published Tuesday indicates.

Unmarried couples living together or those who cannot be married would be given equal rights under the joint-life law, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said.

The measure would allow same-sex couples to enjoy the same rights as opposite-sex couples.

The ministry is also promoting a bill that would give women a position on the committee that elects city rabbis.

The bill calls for women to make up at least 40 percent of the committee.

The ministry is also supporting a measure that would require all couples to sign a prenuptial agreement requiring them to go to therapy and appear in court before being divorced, Ynetnews.com reported.

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