Tens of Thousands Protest Israel's Refusal to Grant Surrogacy Rights to Same-Sex Couples

Last week, tens of thousands took the streets in Tel Aviv and elsewhere in Israel to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to refuse to grant surrogacy rights to same-sex couples.

"This is the 21st century," Itzik Shmuli, a gay Israeli lawmaker told the New York Times. "People are not seated at the back of the bus because of the color of their skin, and they will not be deprived of the right to be parents because of their orientation."

The protests resulted after the government enacted legislation extending surrogacy rights to single women, while rejected an amendment that would have done the same for LGBTQ couples.

The response from the country's LGBTQ community and its allies was swift. Protesters called for a daylong strike, marched in the streets, and engaged in civil disobedience by stopping traffic.

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