Although first submitted by Health Minister Yael German, the bill stalled in March following an appeal by housing minister Uri Ariel who argued that the proposed legislation creates “moral and ethical” questions.
However, the bill has now passed its first reading with a majority vote.
German said that the bill “is about the principle of equality, regardless of one’s sexual orientation or the composition of the family unit.”
However, Moshe Gafni of United Torah Judaism said that the bill is “meant to destroy the nature of family as we know it.”
Nissim Ze'ev of ultra-orthodox party Shas added:
“This is a corrupt bill and only corrupt [politicians] can support it. We are treating the import and export of babies as if we were dealing with frozen meat. This bill is morally depraved.”