LGBT activists protest in Tel Aviv over surrogacy laws leaving same-sex couples behind

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv after legislation that would have allowed same-sex couples to use surrogacy was blocked by the Israeli Prime Minister, even though he previously promised to support it. “Contrary to what was reported, I am entirely consistent on the issue of surrogacy. I support surrogacy for both mothers and fathers,” Netanyahu said in a statement, “Today, we voted for the bill for mothers. I told MK Ohana in advance that I would not support his revision, as he has submitted to this bill, since it will topple this bill and then mothers would not receive surrogacy [rights].” The Likud party said in a statement that the coalition supports single mothers and that is why so does the PM, but the LGBT activists don’t think it is enough. “We call on members of the community to be absent from work, to close their businesses and take part in public protests,” the group said, Haaretz reported. MK Yair Lapid, leader of the opposition Yesh Atid party, called the prime minister a “liar” in a statement. “Two days ago during a Likud faction meeting Netanyahu said that he supports a change in the bill to enable LGBT people to become parents,” he said.

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