Poll: 70 percent of Israelis support equal rights for LGBT community

(JNS.org) A new poll finds that 70 percent of Israelis support equal rights for the LGBT community.

Tel Aviv's gay pride parade on June 7, 2013. Credit: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv.

According to the poll conducted for Haaretz by the Dialog Institute, 89 percent of secular Israelis support full equality, as did 72 percent of traditional respondents and 46 percent who defined themselves as religious or Arab.

The survey also reported that 59 percent of respondents support civil union legislation that provides a solution for gay couples. While gay marriages, like other forms of civil marriage, are not allowed to be performed in Israel, Israel does recognize same-sex unions from abroad. The poll comes as several Israeli lawmakers have proposed bills to promote the rights of the gay community, including ones to allow the use of surrogate mothers and another to prohibit discrimination.

Posted on December 15, 2013 .