Knesset votes down proposal to make state documents more LGBT friendly

The Knesset votes down an opposition proposal to change official state documents to make them more inclusive of same-sex couples.

The bill, which was sponsored by Yorai Lahav-Hertzano, is rejected 48-25 during its initial reading in the plenum.

The proposal called for changing the parental information section on all government forms and documents, including identity cards and passports, to read “parent 1” and “parent 2,” as opposed to the current “mother” and “father.”

Members of the coalition’s Blue and White party skip the vote except for MK Eitan Ginzburg, who votes in favor.

Three lawmakers from the right-wing Yamina party also don’t take part in the vote, though MKs Bezalel Smotrich and Ofer Sofir vote against it.