Freedom of Marriage World Map

Surveys

  • 81% support same-sex marriage or couples' registrations81% support same-sex marriage or couples' registrations

    81% of the Israeli public supports official state recognition of marriage or couples' registrations; including 53% of Zionist Orthodox Israelis and 93% of secular Jewish Israelis. Support is on the rise: in 2016 - 76%, in 2017 - 79% and in 2018 - 81%. 68% support legal surrogacy in Israel for gay couples.

    Aug 1st, 2018

  • Record support for freedom of choice in marriage!Record support for freedom of choice in marriage!

    The percentage of public support for the recognition of freedom of choice in marriage in Israel has continued to increase steadily. Further, the majority of the adult Jewish public now prefers to marry outside the Chief Rabbinate. These results arose from a special survey conducted by the Rafi Smith Polling Institute in honor of the Jewish holiday of Love - Tu b'Av - for Hiddush - Freedom of Religion for Israel, Inc. last week.

    Jul 26th, 2018

  • Most Israelis favor revoking the rabbinical courts' monopolyMost Israelis favor revoking the rabbinical courts' monopoly

    69% of the Israeli public supports revoking the monopoly of the rabbinical courts on Jewish personal status matters, supports the establishment of a parallel civil system, and supports alternative, lenient rabbinic courts as a solution to alleviate the phenomenon of agunot

    This is a strong expression of distrust in the Orthodox monopoly. International Agunah Day reminds us of the urgent need to dismantle the Orthodox monopoly on marriage and divorce in Israel.

     

    Feb 27th, 2018

  • 63% Israelis not aware that Jews can only divorce via Chief Rabbinate63% Israelis not aware that Jews can only divorce via Chief Rabbinate

    Hiddush's regular, periodic public opinion polling indicates that a great majority of the public opposes the Government's and Knesset's policies that prevent freedom of choice in marriage and divorce. This is contrary to one of the most fundamental rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on December 10, 1948. Hiddush makes note of this today - in honor of International Human Rights Day. [Article 16 Human Rights: Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.

    Dec 10th, 2017

  • 67% of Jewish Israelis support freedom of choice in marriage67% of Jewish Israelis support freedom of choice in marriage

    50% of the Jewish Israeli public prefers non-Orthodox marriage. A growing majority of the Jewish public is fed up with and rejects the Israeli government's position and wants Israel to join all other Western democracies in establishing marriage freedom.

    Aug 7th, 2017

  • Support for same-sex marriage/civil unions - record high of 79%!Support for same-sex marriage/civil unions - record high of 79%!

    47% of Zionist Orthodox Israelis and 65% of voters for the Zionist Orthodox Jewish Home party support the establishment of same-sex marriage or civil unions in Israel.

    Jun 8th, 2017

  • 55% Jewish Israelis interested in weddings outside the Chief Rabbinate55% Jewish Israelis interested in weddings outside the Chief Rabbinate

    55% of the Jewish Israeli public and 81% of the secular Jewish Israeli public are interested in alternative marriages outside the auspices of Israel's Chief Rabbinate. This is the first time that a majority of the Jewish Israeli public has expressed a personal preference for marriages outside the Chief Rabbinate.

    May 14th, 2017

  • 90% dissatisfied with rabbinical courts' dealings with Agunot90% dissatisfied with rabbinical courts' dealings with Agunot

    87% believe that the rabbinical courts should force husbands to grant their wives divorces in cases of domestic violence.

    Mar 21st, 2017

  • The majority of Jewish & Arab Israelis support marriage freedomThe majority of Jewish & Arab Israelis support marriage freedom

    72% of Jewish Israelis and 76% of Arab Israelis support the statement that "every resident [of Israel] has the right to get married in Israel with whomever he chooses, in whatever way he chooses, and according to his beliefs."

    Feb 19th, 2017

  • 2016 Religion & State Index: freedom of marriage2016 Religion & State Index: freedom of marriage

    A revolution: About half of the Jewish public would prefer not to get married via the monopolistic, state empowered Chief Rabbinate

     

    Oct 9th, 2016







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