Hundreds of Israelis have participated in a mass wedding in Tel Aviv to demand the right for LGBT+ marriage equality ahead of the country’s Gay Pride week.
Tuesday’s event involved an unofficial wedding ceremony for 23 gay couples who walked down the aisle, took their vows and danced at a banquet whilst cheered on by friends, family and supporters.
The annual pride parade, set for June 14, annually draws flocks of foreign visitors to Tel Aviv, which displays itself as one of the world’s most gay-friendly tourist destinations.
In spite of the growing cultural acceptance of the LGBT+ community in the city, their political rights are arguably far from acceptable. Jewish ultra-Orthodox parties, which wield significant influence in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government and have control over matters of religion and state, have rejected legislation that condones homosexuality, which they see as defying Jewish law.