LGBT Activists Protest In Jerusalem After MKs Nix Five Gay Rights Bills

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The Times of Israel reports: Some 200 members of Israel’s LGBT community protested in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, days after the Knesset voted against five bills that would improve LGBT rights in Israel.

Protesters took to the streets close to a compound of government offices, where they chanted “sick of your promises” and “change the laws,” while others held banners with the words “fighting for equality.”

The Knesset vote on Wednesday — 24 hours after parliament marked an LGBT rights day for the first time — drew a furious response from the opposition.

The opposition-driven bills sought to recognize same-sex spouses of fallen IDF soldiers, introduce civil unions, ban conversion therapy for minors, and require medical professionals to study gender and sexual orientation prior to receiving their licenses. The proposals were all opposed by the coalition.

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