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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:39

Lesbians Get Married To Gay Men In Israel

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Rabbis of the religious community Zionist have decided to marry gay-lesbian couples.

Already 11 marriages were celebrated by Rabbi Areleh Harel (pictured) of the West Bank settlement of Shilo.

He currently prepares his 12 gay marriage and has a list of more than 50 gay men and lesbians applicants seeking marriage.

They don't deny their sexual identity, he stressed, but "they want to establish a home, whether for the sake of becoming parents or for the social recognition. A family isn't just sex and love. It's an instrumental partnership, though not just a technical one."


HaaretzHaaretz talks about Etti and Roni married five years ago.

"Roni, 35, owns a business; Etti, 30, is a paramedic. Roni tried conversion therapy to change his sexual orientation, with no success. He said he also had relationships with various other men, "until I decided this isn't for me; I want a family and children."

Etti said her family still doesn't know she's a lesbian. She had one "serious" lesbian relationship, but "realized it was more important to me to raise children and live in a normal family."

Both said that upholding the religious prohibition on homosexual sex was "very important" to them, as was their desire for "more or less normal parenthood," and both factors had influenced their decision.

Harel introduced them, and as the first of his gay-lesbian couples, they term themselves "guinea pigs." They are careful to keep up normal appearances before the children and the outside world, even sleeping in the same room, though they don't sleep together. Their children were born through artificial insemination.

"Most of the time, it's good for us together, like business partners. Of course we have quarrels and tensions, but who doesn't? ... Like good friends, we have a great deal of mutual respect and a great deal of platonic love.""

 

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