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(08/08/09) -

Three-in-Five Israelis Back Same-Sex Marriage

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Israel think homosexuality is an aberration, according to a poll by Dialog published in Haaretz. 46 per cent of respondents share this point of view, while 42 per cent disagree.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Israel think homosexuality is an aberration, according to a poll by Dialog published in Haaretz. 46 per cent of respondents share this point of view, while 42 per cent disagree.

In addition, at least three-in-four respondents believe homosexuals and lesbians should be allowed to serve in the army and participate actively in politics as lawmakers or ministers, while three-in-five agree with homosexuals marrying in civil marriages and adopting children.

On Aug. 1, two people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a gay and lesbian centre in Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital city. Police officers at the scene said that the attack had been targeted at the homosexual community.

Israel is relatively tolerant of homosexuality compared to other Middle-Eastern countries. Same-sex common-law civil unions are legal, and homosexuals and lesbians can freely enrol in the army and become politicians. Israel also holds one of the largest gay pride parades in the world every year.

On Aug. 7, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret over the shooting, adding, "I think that the Israeli society has advanced in its tolerance, and I am sure that we can move it further forward."

Polling Data

Is homosexuality an aberration?

Yes

46%

No

42%

Not sure

12%

Should homosexuals and lesbians be allowed to…

 

Yes

No

Serve in army

77%

16%

Serve in public positions such as MKs and ministers

76%

20%

Marry in civil marriages

61%

31%

Adopt children

60%

34%

Source: Dialog / Haaretz
Methodology: Interviews with 498 Israeli adults, conducted in August 2009. Margin of error is 4.5 per cent.