Bill banning conversion that is gay passes initial vote, enraging ultra-Orthodox

Coalition events Blue and White and work help legislation despite objections by Netanyahu’s spiritual allies; Haredi MKs warn Benny Gantz: ‘You won’t be prime minister’

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A bill outlawing controversial “gay conversion treatment” passed an initial vote into the Knesset on Wednesday, drawing cheers from LGBT legal rights advocates and angering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox governmental allies.

The balance advanced level after Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White celebration supported the legislation, in a move that produced a coalition crisis that is fresh. The government’s work celebration also broke using the coalition to straight straight back the bill.

The opposition-spearheaded motion passed away with 42 lawmakers supporting it and 36 objecting.

An openly gay member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, whose members were officially told to vote against the bill among the supporters were many Blue and White MKs, as well as Public Security Minister Amir Ohana. Continue reading