President Shimon Peres of Israel doesn’t have much power (that rests with Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu) but it’s still newsworthy that he endorsed the legalization and recognition of same-sex marriage in an interview with Ynetnews.
President Shimon Peres expressed unequivocal support for same-sex marriage during a state visit to Mexico.
In an interview with Ynet on Sunday while in Mexico’s Guadalajara, Peres said that “even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away (their) rights.”
Peres added: “We cannot take away someone’s rights because they are different. We cannot take away their right to breathe, right to eat or right to start a family. We must allow everyone to live as is natural to them.”
Peres’ comments came in response to a new bill being promoted by the Justice Ministry called ‘Living together’ which attempts to regulate some form of a civil partnership between same-sex couples. The government is not scheduled to vote on the bill any time soon, but a memorandum signed by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in its favor is being circled around.
So now God is going to judge Israel and send earthquakes and plagues of locusts, right?