The poll finds that more people in Israel are ready to support equality

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 21: Israeli gay activists fill a downtown street during the gay pride parade June 21, 2007 in Jerusalem. Some 3,500 people marched about 500 meters down a central Jerusalem street in the much-contested parade as about 8,000 Israeli police protected them from threats by ultra-Orthodox Jews to disrupt the march. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

According to the new poll, 76% of Israeli people are ready to accept gay civil unions in their country. And it is 12% more than it used to be last year.

Hiddush director Rabbi Uri Regev told the Israel Times: “The survey results are a source of pride and a badge of honour for the Israeli public during Pride Month, but the political and legal reality in Israel is shameful.” When broken down into religious beliefs ,the survey showed that 90% of secular Israelis support marriage equality for same-sex couples. 77% of traditional Jewish, 46% of national religious Jewish and 16% of Haredi ultra-orthodox supported the movement towards equal rights for same-sex couples.

On the political spectrum, 90% of people affiliated with the Kulanu party agreed that LGBT couples should have access to marriage and civil partnerships. 80% of Yisrael Beiteinu voters, 74% of Likud and 57% of Habayit Hayehudi voters also agreed marriage should be available. 80% of people who approved same-sex marriage believed that couple should get the same rights and benefits as heterosexual marriages. However, the poll’s sample size was small – with 500 people surveyed. While overseas same-sex marriages are recognised by the Israeli state, there is no way to actually enter them inside Israel, as marriage is entirely overseen by religious courts with no civil alternative.

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